Wednesday, 20 June 2012
10:00am – 12:30pm
Global Distance Learning Center
Ground Floor, Asian Institute of Management, Makati City
As much as 40 per cent of the world’s population now lives within 100km of the shore line. Many of the world’s great cities, markets and industries have risen along the coast because of access to trade and resources. Next to marine fisheries, traditional economic sectors like shipping, power generation and manufacturing are often concentrated in coastal areas. Only recently, however, have we started to understand the economic importance of the ecological health of our seas.
Session 2 of the GDLN series on a Green Economy in a Blue World will focus on the challenges and opportunities that rapidly urbanizing coastal cities and growing megacities represent to reversing cumulative impacts on ocean health and harnessing the potential of ocean and coastal ecosystem services to stimulate green economic growth. The challenges include the task to restore natural ecosystems which have been polluted by rapid urbanization. However, as new urbanization takes place there is an opportunity to ensure future urban expansion follows a new development paradigm which limits the ecological impact on the rivers and oceans. The opportunities derived from a healthy ecosystem include job creation related to value chain development of goods and services (tourism, fisheries, renewable energy, green port and marine transport, minerals and natural products) from the sea in Southeast Asia. It is in this context that we seek to discuss policies and practices which will restore and promote blue natural capital enabling cities to capture a greater share of marine resource rents and put them on a path toward green growth.
Presentations will draw from case studies in East Asia and China from coastal megacities grappling with urban sprawl, coastal pollution and loss of competitiveness and the tipping points that led to massive clean-up efforts, as well as examples of secondary cities at strategic crossroads, and the choices they will need to make now to embark along a path of green, clean and resilient growth.
- What investments in ocean and coastal management are likely to yield the greatest dividends?
- What are some of the most promising opportunities?
- What is the role of the World Bank in helping its clients realize these?
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