The Blue economy is estimated to contribute around 3-5% of global Growth Domestic Product (GDP). In Europe, it provides roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost EUR 500 billion a year. Equally important, ocean resources constitute over 30% of Zanzibar’ GDP.  However, these resources face serious challenges from climate change as well as unsustainable human activities. The unsustainable activities are evidenced through population encroachment; land-based pollution; marine pollution and dumping; illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing; over-exploitation of mangrove ecosystems; as well as destruction of coral reefs. Through its national development agenda, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar is well determined to address these challenges and build a sustainable Blue (ocean) economy for socio-economic development.

The Ministry of Blue Economy and Fisheries Zanzibar in collaboration with UONGOZI Institute, UNEP and UNDP will convene a dialogue on 12 June 2020 in Zanzibar to deliberate the prospect of blue economy for socio-economic development and environmental conservation in Zanzibar. The event, organised under UONGOZI Institute’s Green Growth Platform initiative, will be officiated by the President of Zanzibar and Chairman of Revolutionary Council, H.E. Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi.

The Institute’s role in this forum comes from its sustainable development initiative, Green Growth Platform, which aims to increase awareness and understanding of issues related to green growth and its potential for Tanzania’s development.