The blue economy has burst onto the global stage as the latest trend in ocean governance and management. Promoted as an agenda of sustainable ocean development, the blue economy promises to drive improved engagement with oceans across social, economic and environmental dimensions. Of particular allure is the agenda’s assertion that socioeconomic development can be decoupled from environmental degradation, enabling an expansion and intensification of ocean industries with supposedly minimal impact on marine ecosystems.
To mark World Ocean's Day 2021, DPA co-hosted an event with the Australia Awards Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI), titled 'The Blue Economy in the Pacific: Promise or Potential?'. Held on 8 June 2021 at the Hedley Bull Centre at ANU.