Welcome to the first Blue Economy Bulletin of 2021. 2020 was a difficult year, and holds many lessons for project management. We look at the effects of the pandemic on our SDS-SEA implementation throughout the region. We also share a timeline of the 28 years of PEMSEA activities, leading up to this year's East Asian Seas Congress.
The importance of fisheries for human and ecological health has been reinforced by a recent report into the state of freshwater fish populations. Meanwhile the FAO has committed to developing transshipment guidelines. A province in Viet Nam is looking to expand shrimp aquaculture in light of changing environmental conditions. Plastic pollution remains a significant blue economy challenge, especially due to its link to climate change. The concept of plastic credits has emerged, reflecting such a link, although it remains ill-defined. In the Philippines, plastic straws are among the materials being considered for banning.
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