The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is committed to supporting the “Great Blue Wall Initiative”, a regional network connected to develop a regenerative blue economy.
The Great Blue Wall Initiative is a project for the countries of the Western Indian Ocean which intends to adopt an action-oriented, oriented and focused approach.
Under the project, seascapes and conservation / restoration sites will be identified based on country priorities, opportunities, existing efforts, needs of local partners and availability of funding as well as on science and technology. knowledge already available.
As such, the initiative of the Great Blue Wall The approval of IUCN and its partners was announced as one of the main commitments to action during its World Congress, in Marseille, hosted by France this week.
Initiated by IUCN Regional Director Thomas Sberna, the project is supported by James Michel, former President of Seychelles, Founder and Executive Chairman of the James Michel Foundation.
Michel participated in a high level dialogue organized by IUCN.
“The Great Blue Wall initiative represents a unique opportunity to move forward at unprecedented speed. Now is the time with the support of our partners to make it a reality. As a supporter, a world influencer and defender of the blue economy, today I pledge my full support for this visionary initiative, ”said Michel.
The Western Indian Ocean provides food security, supports economic growth, regulates the climate and provides livelihoods for coastal communities in 10 countries – Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania.
Michel said the Great Blue Wall Initiative offers a great opportunity if not a moral compass to act as a global champion of the cause and pave the way for a blue future.
“The Great Blue Wall is a first of its kind. It is a unique approach for the region, Africa and the world thereafter. It promises to play a decisive role in achieving a positive world for nature and people. A planet in balance. I think this can be achieved provided there is political will. Let’s make this happen, let’s make history, let’s make the future, “he added.
Former President James Michel has been campaigning for sustainable blue economy architecture for small islands and coastal states since 2010.
He said when he started it was often a lonely journey plagued by the constant feeling of a lonely voice in the vast ocean.
“Look at us today! Today it is adopted by the world. The blue economy is seen as a driver of conservation and development. We unleash its full potential – it can be sustainable, regenerative and people-centered, ”said Michel.
He spoke about the various initiatives Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, has taken, including the world’s first debt-for-nature swap, a financial architecture to ease the debt trap and fund ocean protection and climate change mitigation.
Michel concluded by saying: “I see the ocean as the center of life and the future of civilization. I see our great seas as a place that holds the global shares of the Earth’s natural resources. I see the breadth of care that is required to utilize this precious resource without having to disrupt the balance of nature. Above all, 11 years ago, I saw in the architecture of the concept of blue economy the savior of our planet. Today, this reality is talking about it in the world. “