The 6th APEC Blue Economy Forum and 2021 China Blue Economy Forum was successfully held

On 19 November 2021, at the 10th Anniversary of the APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center, the 6th APEC Blue Economy Forum and 2021 China Blue Economy Forum was successfully held virtually in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. Delegates from 13 APEC economies, namely Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and the United States, and representatives from international organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the US-based Centre for the Blue Economy (CBE), were present.The forum also welcomed government officials of marine departments,, coastal provinces and municipalities, together with researchers and specialists in marine and coastal studies.

The forum was jointly organized by APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center, Marine Data and Information Service of China and Third Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), with strong support from the Department of International Cooperation and the Department of Marine Strategic Planning and Economics, MNR, the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Ocean Development and the Xiamen Marine International Cooperation Center.

Ms. Shen Jun, Deputy Director General of the Department of Marine Strategic Planning and Economics of MNR, Ms. Alicia Gallardo, Lead Shepherd of the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG), Mr. He Guangshun, Director General of National Marine Data and Information Service, and Dr. Cai Feng, Director General of APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center and Third Institute of Oceanography, MNR, attended the forum and delivered opening remarks. Mr. Chen Yurong, Deputy Director General of Third Institute of Oceanography, MNR, presided over the opening ceremony.

Centering on the theme of “Area-based Blue Economy Practices and Cooperation”.,experts and representatives actively participated in the sessions of the forum. Mr. Liu Zhenghua, Deputy Executive Director of APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center and Researcher of Third Institute of Oceanography, MNR hosted the presentations and penal discussion.

During the forum, China Association of Marine Affairs released the “2021 China Ocean Economy Development Index Report”. The results showed that the index of 2020 was 143.2, an increase of 0.5% over the previous year, and the overall ocean development has maintained stable in general. APEC Marine Sustainable Development Center proposed and discussed the “The Sixth APEC Blue Economy Forum Initiative”, aiming to further promote APEC blue economy best practices sharing and cooperation.

The Forum is a concrete action to implement the Xiamen Declaration issued at the APEC Ocean-related Ministerial Meeting (AOMM) and the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Working Group (OFWG) Strategic Plan, with the aim of promoting the APEC Common View on Blue Economy, facilitating APEC Blue Economy best practices sharing, and strengthening the blue economy cooperation among APEC economies.

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