Blue Economy & Coastal Resilience: Asia-Pacific Experiences 

Blue Economy & Coastal Resilience: Asia-Pacific Experiences 

Date: Oct 27, 2022

Time: 19:00 to 20:30 (KST/GMT+9)


Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region are endowed with a tremendous marine natural resource base, including extensive areas of coral reefs, mangroves, sand beaches and sea grass areas as well as extremely productive pelagic areas with upwelling of nutrient rich waters. This resource base is especially important for the larger archipelagic countries like Indonesia and the Philippines as well as the smaller island states in the South Pacific. More than elsewhere in the world, Asian and Pacific countries are vulnerable to climate change and related sea level rise in view of extensive areas of vulnerable coastal lowlands, including many urban areas, with an elevation of less than 2 MSL. Building a sustainable, resilient and inclusive Blue Economy to optimally use as well as protect and restore the coastal and marine resource base and is therefore of utmost importance to these countries.

The Blue Economy involves a variety of economic sectors that are central to the prosperity of these countries, including capture fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, marine construction and transportation. The fishery and tourism sectors alone contribute tens of billions of USD to the GDP, provide tens of millions of jobs and over 50% of animal-based protein needs. Over the last decades, new approaches and techniques for coastal restoration have been developed, which provide for enhanced coastal resilience through cost effective nature-based and inclusive solutions. 

This session will enable the sharing of ideas on different approaches that are being implemented or developed in relation to community- and business-based mangrove restoration in various socio-economic and ecological settings. We also will learn about different financial mechanisms that are being employed to replicate and upscale coastal restoration.

Event Agenda:

Welcome Remarks 
H.E. Ban Ki-moon, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)  (video message) 
Setting the Scene
Mr. Marcel Silvius, Country Representative, Indonesia, GGGI
1. Indonesia: Nature-based Solutions for Climate-smart Livelihoods in Mangrove Landscapes (NASCLIM).     
– Speakers: Mr. Benjamin Tular (GGGI) and Mr. Yus Rusila Noor (YLBH) 

2. Myanmar: Sustainable Mangrove-Friendly Aquaculture Development in Myanmar     
– Speaker: Mr. Pyi Soe Aung (WWF Myanmar) 

3Indonesia: Leveraging fiscal instruments to mobilize private investments on coastal conservation and small-scale fisheries in Indonesia.  
– Speaker: Mr. Brurce Muhammad Mecca (Climateworks Centre) 

5.  Indonesia: Mangroves for fisheries restoration and socio-economic resilience of coastal communities of Java
– Speaker: Prof Adolphe O. Debrot (Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands)  
Open Discussion/Q&A
– Facilitator: Mr. Marcel Silvius, Country Representative, Indonesia, GGGI
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