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The Blue Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Working for a Sustainable Future

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ISBN 9780367422127
Published June 17, 2021 by Routledge
292 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The blue economy, comprising coastal and marine resources, offers vast benefits for sub-Saharan Africa: of the 53 countries and territories in the region, 32 are coastal states; there are 13 million sq km of maritime zones; more than 90% of the region’s exports and imports come by sea; and the African Union hails the blue economy as the ‘new frontier of African renaissance’.

Despite their importance, the region’s coastal and marine resources have been neither fully appreciated nor fully utilized. They are only now being recognized as being key to Africa’s potential prosperity. As the region grows, it has, in general, not taken adequate safeguards to protect these valuable resources. That is partly because some of the problems (pollution, for example) are regional and know no borders. All too often, short-term gains are made at the expense of the long term (overfishing, for example).

This book provides, for the first time, a study of the constraints and opportunities the blue economy offers for sub-Saharan Africa. It includes an introduction and overview; sectoral analyses (including tourism, fisheries, mineral resources, culture, shipping and maritime safety); country case studies; and analyses of regional and international efforts towards better coastal zone and marine management.

Table of Contents

Foreword by The Honorable Vincent Meriton, Former Vice-President of Seychelles


The Editor and Contributors

Introduction: The Blue Economy in Sub-Saharan Africa

Donald L. Sparks

Part I: Elements of the Blue Economy

1 Culture, Communities and Society

Thean Potgieter

  1. Tourism, Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Threats
  2. Angela M. Lamptey

  3. Fisheries and Aquaculture in the West Indian Ocean States
  4. Erika Techera and Abdi Fatah Hassan

  5. Coastal and Offshore Energy and Mineral Resources
  6. Vivian Louis Forbes

  7. Maritime Safety and Security
  8. Jade Lindley

  9. Ports, Shipping and Transportation
  10. Vivian Louis Forbes

    Part II: Country Case Studies

  11. South Africa: The Blue Economy Experience
  12. Thean Potgieter

  13. From Concept to Practice: The Blue Economy in Seychelles
  14. Dominique Benzaken and Kelly Hoareau

  15. Managing the Blue Economy: A Case Study of Tanzania
  16. Francis Mwaijande

    Part III: Financing, Measuring and Governing the Blue Economy

  17. Innovative Financing for Africa’s Blue Economy
  18. Torsten Thiele

  19. Measuring the Blue Economy
  20. Charles Colgan, Vivian Louis Forbes and Iddi Mwanyoka

  21. International Ocean Governance as a Necessary Backdrop to Developing Africa’s Blue Economy
  22. Nick J. Hardman-Mountford, Jeff A. Ardron, Rosemarie Cadogan, Chilenye Nwapi, Alison Swaddling

  23. Making the Blue Economy Happen

Clever Mafuta

Afterword: What is Possible? What is Likely?

Donald L. Sparks

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Donald L. Sparks, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of International Economics at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, and a university lecturer in International Business at the Management Center Innsbruck, Austria.