The Grenada government says it will pursue initiatives that will encourage a blue economy.
Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Roland Bhola said the blue growth initiatives will be prominently featured in the 20/30 National Development Plan, which is a long-term plan of action to achieve government’s development goals.
He said the plan will be completed and presented to Cabinet next month and then tabled in Parliament for approval and action.
Addressing a Blue Growth conference in St. George’s on Saturday, Bhola said that the plan is a future blue print for the island’s sustainable development and will see various blue growth opportunities featured in the plan as an overall effort to make effective use of the marine resources.
He stated that it would focus beyond the traditional fisheries sector and will involve other opportunities within the marine environment.
“We have a marine volcano to the north of us called Kick-n- Jenny and it can supply geothermal energy that has never been explored,” said Bhola, who is of the opinion that the Ministries of Environment and Fisheries must work together on some projects.
Sharing measuring already taken by Government with regards to operationalising the Blue Growth Concept, Bhola said that Grenada has approved legislation to the island’s coastal zones, signed partnership agreements with various donor agencies and other organisations whose work is sustainable development for small island nations.
“One of the things that we will be doing during this conference is signing the MOU with Parley as we focus on litter, especially plastic in the marine environment,” he said in his address which provided an introduction to the progress on current initiatives implemented by Grenada in achieving Blue Growth and sustainable development.
More than 100 international and regional delegates representing a wide cross section of agencies and non-governmental organisations such as the United Nations Office of the High Representatives for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Development States, the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Global Ocean Forum are attending the two-week conference.
The organisers say the conference represents a response to major recent developments in the global oceans agenda: The adoption of the Agenda 2030 by the United Nations in 2015, including the sustainable development goal on oceans and seas (SDG 14), and the Paris Agreement, concluded at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015.