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Towards Climate Resilient Ocean Economies in Africa: Governance and investment models

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African Development Bank Group
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The African Development Bank Group’s African Natural Resources Management and Investment Center (ANRC) and its Climate Change and Green Growth Department, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund and UNEP Finance Initiative will host Towards Climate Resilient Ocean Economies in Africa: Governance and investment models.

The webinar will take place from 10 -12 noon GMT on 24 November 2022.

The session, part of a series on the Blue Economy, will feature experts’  presentations of findings from an ANRC study on climate resilient ocean economies. It will also share insights on governance systems and investment models that can pave the way to explore new opportunities.

In recent years, the Blue Economy concept has gained ground as a sound paradigm for comprehensive and sustainable management of marine and coastal areas and their natural resources. A fundamental principle of the concept is coexistence of all sectors of activity while preserving the long-term quality of ecosystem goods and services.

Climate change is affecting ocean systems in many ways that pose a threat to ports and shipping, fisheries, offshore wind and marine biotechnology as well as maritime natural assets and ecosystem services. Building a climate resilient ocean economy will  require supportive policies, institutional and financial innovations, and access to long-term and large-scale financing

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. David Obura, Founding Director of Coastal Oceans Research and Development Indian Ocean
  • Dr. Dennis Fritsch, Associate Programme Lead Nature, UNEP Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative
  • Ms. Siv Ahlberg, Programme Manager, Nordic Development Fund
  • Ms. Piera Tortora, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Ms. Karine Measson, Head of Water Management Division, European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • Ms. Katharine Thoday, Principal Environment Specialist, Asian Development Bank
  • Mr. Christophe Deguenon, Director of Environment and Water Resources, West Africa Economic and Monetary Union Commission
  • Dr Stephen Mbithi Mwikya, Secretary of Blue Economy Resources, The Ocean and Blue Economy Office, Executive Office of The President, Republic of Kenya
Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Climate / Weather / Environment