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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Green Economy in a Blue World: Synthesis Report

Publication Year: 2012 Publisher: UNEP, FAO, IMO, UNDP, UNDESA, IUCN, WorldFish Center, GRID‐Arendal

Green economy

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Oceans and Seas

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This report analyses how key sectors that are interlinked with the marine and coastal environment – the blue world – can make the transition towards a green economy. It covers the impacts and opportunities linked with shipping and fisheries to tourism, marinebased renewable energies and agriculture. The report concludes that a shift to sustainability in terms of improved human well‐being and social equity can lead to healthier and more economically productive oceans that can simultaneously benefit coastal communities and oceanlinked industries.