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Blue Economy: Community Case Studies Addressing the Poverty–Environment Nexus in Ocean and Coastal Management

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United Nations Development Programme, New York, NY 10017, USA
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Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 07102, USA
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Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4654; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114654
Received: 26 March 2020 / Revised: 27 May 2020 / Accepted: 29 May 2020 / Published: 6 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environment-Poverty Nexus and Sustainable Development)
The objective of this paper is to examine how local practices of blue economy succeed in addressing the poverty–environment nexus in coastal communities. While many disciplines touch upon the concept of blue economy, little literature exists on how a sustainable blue economy approach can help bridge poverty–environment challenges, particularly at the community level. To illustrate this, we present three case studies of blue economy practices initiated and implemented by coastal communities in China, Samoa, and Vietnam. The outcomes from each case study are examined based on both their environmental and socio-economic impact. Lessons learned include the significant role of science and technology in innovating solutions, the crucial impact of community leaders in encouraging and amplifying both local needs and solutions, continuous advocacy, fulfilling the very important need for communities to witness tangible benefits of project implementation, and last but not least the availability of resources and know-how resulting from multi-stakeholder partnerships including local governing councils, NGOs, and community members. Local communities have an unrecognized potential for adaptation and innovation and that more proactive public policies are required to achieve environmental and poverty reduction objectives simultaneously. View Full-Text
Keywords: blue economy; ocean governance; international development; local communities; coastal management; ocean sustainability blue economy; ocean governance; international development; local communities; coastal management; ocean sustainability
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Chen, S.; De Bruyne, C.; Bollempalli, M. Blue Economy: Community Case Studies Addressing the Poverty–Environment Nexus in Ocean and Coastal Management. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4654. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114654

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Chen S, De Bruyne C, Bollempalli M. Blue Economy: Community Case Studies Addressing the Poverty–Environment Nexus in Ocean and Coastal Management. Sustainability. 2020; 12(11):4654. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114654

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Chen, Sulan, Charlotte De Bruyne, and Manasa Bollempalli. 2020. "Blue Economy: Community Case Studies Addressing the Poverty–Environment Nexus in Ocean and Coastal Management" Sustainability 12, no. 11: 4654. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114654

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