From left: Takeshi Osuga, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, Dr George Odera Outa, chief editor, Ambassador Robert Keith Rae, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, and Ambassador Kamau Macharia, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya during the Research and Innovation for Harnessing the Blue Economy book launch at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York

From left: Takeshi Osuga, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, Dr George Odera Outa, chief editor, Ambassador Robert Keith Rae, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, and Ambassador Kamau Macharia, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya during the Research and Innovation for Harnessing the Blue Economy book launch at the Intercontinental Hotel in New York. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya.

The 132-page book represents the critical developments that have taken place since the 2018 conference, highlighting a broad range of red-letter topics and issues discussed by the knowledge community, including the place of science and research in the blue economy; the sustainable use of minerals and energy resources, including deep sea mining; climate change and the blue economy; sustainable shipping and, maritime transport, management of coastal zones as well as the governance and security of the blue economy.

The book also highlights new initiatives triggered by SBEC 2018 and intended to advance the promise of the blue economy globally.

“Our work with climate adaptation in coasts and islands is informing governments around the world on integrating aspects related for example to cascading risks, vulnerabilities, and justice into spatial planning and environmental policy,” said SEI Executive Director Måns Nilsson in his speech at the event.

“As part of our commitment to build the scientific knowledge base for informed policy action on blue economy in Africa, supporting the Government of Kenya to publish this book was a natural step for SEI,” said Dr Philip Osano, SEI Africa Centre Director and a member of the book’s editorial committee that coordinated the compilation and editorial work on the book. “We are delighted to have made the dream of the book become a reality and are extremely proud of this partnership.”