Minister to promote ‘island’s leading role in creating a blue economy’ – The Royal Gazette
Updated: June 27, 2022 08:02
Bermuda’s leadership role in environmental initiatives is to be showcased at an international conference.
Bermuda will be showcased as an emerging environmentally conscious ‘blue’ economy at an international conference aimed at protecting the oceans, Home Secretary Walter Roban said today.
Mr Roban, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, represents the island at the rally in Lisbon, Portugal.
The United Nations Ocean Conference, which aims to highlight the need to protect and manage the underwater environment, is jointly organized by Portugal and Kenya. It started today and will run until July 1.
Mr. Roban said: “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate Bermuda’s leading role in environmental initiatives that set an example for others in the Caribbean and around the world.
“It will also allow us to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones with environmental and sustainability leaders from organizations and countries around the world.
“The week-long events and discussions will also allow us to explore new funding opportunities and showcase Bermuda’s leading role in building a blue economy.”
The conference examines science-based solutions to problems facing the oceans, especially those involving green technologies that will help preserve marine resources.
Mr Roban said he would use the gathering to promote the Sargasso Sea Commission and encourage other governments to sign the Hamilton Declaration to protect ocean life.
The Minister said he would introduce Bermuda’s Ocean Prosperity Program, which is a community-based initiative to foster “sustainable, profitable and enjoyable use of ocean resources”.
Roban said the program “involves the development of a ‘Blue Prosperity Plan’ which will outline pathways for sustainable ocean development which includes Bermuda’s untapped potential among sustainable ocean industries for economic growth, development infrastructure and job creation”.
He said a key part of the initiative is the designation of full protection for 20% of Bermuda’s waters to restore and develop ocean habitats and fish stocks.
The Blue Prosperity Plan will be released for public consultation later this year, the minister said.