It merges the concept of sustainable development (ecological, economic and social aspects) with the use of the ocean’s resources and services. It encourages innovative thinking as individuals, but also between people from different backgrounds, e.g. environmental, economic, social, technological, legal, tourism, fisheries, renewable energy etc.
This is the at the heart of the Blue Economy. In order for ecosystems to be able to provide for us (e.g. food, shelter, climate and disease control, fresh water, genetic resources, spiritual enrichment etc) and to be resilient to changes and socks they need to be healthy. The Blue Economy looks developing opportunities from the ocean, but the success of these activates will be impacted by degraded ecosystems, and activates can also further impact these ecosystems and prevent them from providing for us.
Seychelles is a small island state with a total land mass of 459 km2 and an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of over 1.37 million km2 of ocean space. This holds many opportunities for economic and social development.
There are opportunities for people from all sorts of backgrounds. Some examples include:
Yes, we give students the opportunity to become interns through the National Blue Economy Internship, organized by SYAH-Seychelles. Students can also link up with BERI researchers (link to profile page) if there are specific BERI related projects that they would like to help with. Additionally, students from a number of Universities globally, link up with BERI to undertake dissertations and internships.