1st Edition

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

Edited By DONALD SPARKS Copyright 2021
    292 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.