ACCORD will provide our international partners in eight countries with the scientific evidence and capability needed to ensure the sustainable growth, and resilience to shocks, of their ocean economies (so-called ‘Blue Economies’).
The ocean provides goods and services with an estimated global value of approximately $2.5 trillion per year; and this is expected to double by the year 2030. Globally, more than one billion people depend directly on the ocean for their main source of food whilst two billion people live within 100km of a coastline.
For coastal nations, the marine environment is an opportunity for economic growth resulting from food production, maritime security, resource exploitation, tourism, and sustainable energy. Yet sustainable marine economies must protect themselves from both economic and environmental shocks. ACCORD is working in close cooperation with international partners to develop the tools and scientific evidence for sustainable Blue Economies and resilience to natural hazards.