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Rethinking the Oceans: Towards the Blue Economy

Rethinking the Oceans: Towards the Blue Economy
ISBN
9781557789259
Weight
1.50 lbs
Cover
Hardcover

Pages
272

Size
6x9

Photos
90 color photos

Date Available
2016/06/08


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"It is unfortunately all too rare to find a politician who is genuinely interested in matters maritime. It is even rarer to find one who is passionately so interested and who actually knows what he is talking about. That is why it has been a great and unexpected pleasure to read this excellent book by the recently retired President of the Republic of Seychelles. He thoroughly understands his subject and describes it very well.... A wonderful book that should be read and digested by all politicians and anyone with any kind of interest in the sea."—Ausmarine, March 2017.

"President Michel has been at the forefront of the Blue Economy concept since the subject started making headline news, and this book therefore should be read by anyone seriously interested in the future of the oceans." —Sir James R. Mancham, KBE, Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles

Rethinking the Oceans is an important contribution to policy discussions for a sustainable and prosperous world. President Michel and the Seychelles are implementing ideas to harness more of the ocean’s resourses while retaining pristine waters and beaches. These ideas should be taken seriously everywhere.” —Gordon L. Anderson, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, International Journal on World Peace

“As a policy statement to elevate our perspective and show us how the different possibilities and problems of the ocean are connected the book is highly recommendable.”—Håkon With Andersen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Bulletin of Pacific Circle, No. 38, April 2017

The world has come to a crossroads. By the end of this century the total population is expected to exceed ten billion, but the area of land to support this is finite. Indeed, with climate change, some of the most valuable land areas will be lost, much of it as a result of rising sea levels. To sustain life on earth, new ways have to be found to grow food, generate energy, and conserve the environment on which our future depends.

Fortunately, when faced with a challenge of such consequence, people prove to be remarkably inventive. In this case, solutions are by no means beyond reach. We can start, quite simply, by looking out to sea. There, stretching to the horizon, lies the future. Remarkably, the oceans cover two and a half times the extent of terra firma. Yet we have always taken far less interest in the sea than the land.

But what if we change our thinking? Instead of continuing to see the land as our future, suppose we put our trust in the sea. For solutions to some of the earth’s most pressing problems, the oceans may be our salvation, the source of untapped economic wealth. Within these waters can be found the elements of what is now widely known as the Blue Economy, the new frontier for human development. It is a twenty-first century concept to meet a twenty-first century challenge.

This book explores all aspects of the Blue Economy. Where does the idea come from? What does it include? How can it transform traditional economies? Can it be sustainable? And what needs to be done to ensure its universal adoption?

James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles, is ideally placed to write this book. He has in recent years pioneered the concept, first within his own nation and then in international gatherings, urging world leaders to take a fresh view of our oceans.

CONTENTS

Foreword by José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Prologue: MY VISION

Chapter 1: WE ARE ALL ISLANDERS NOW

Chapter 2: TURN OF THE TIDE

Chapter 3: SMART HARVESTS

Chapter 4: THE WORLD’S GREAT HIGHWAY

Chapter 5: ALLURE OF THE SEA

Chapter 6: HIDDEN TREASURE

Chapter 7: HARNESSING NATURE’S ENERGY

Chapter 8: PRISTINE WATERS

Chapter 9: NOT FORGETTING BIODIVERSITY

Chapter 10: METAMORPHOSIS

Epilogue: TIME FOR ACTION

Special Section: SEYCHELLES: Towards the Blue Economy

Notes

Acknowledgements

Author: James Alex Michel

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