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Millions of people across the globe rely on marine and coastal ecosystems for their livelihoods: food, employment and their general wellbeing. However, the marine environment is under immense pressure from the multiple – and often conflicting – needs of the people who use it. In Southeast Asia, where marine activities are important contributors to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), marine spatial planning involving coordinated decision-making has been highlighted as a key requirement for a sustainable future.
Through academic-stakeholder collaborations, community co-creation and co-delivery, the Blue Communities programme supported the development, implementation and ongoing management of initiatives that promote the sustainable use of marine resources by multiple users whilst protecting fragile marine ecosystems and supporting the livelihoods of the people in these coastal communities.
Led by the University of Plymouth's Professor Mel Austen of the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, Blue Communities was funded from the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the total value of which is £1.5 billion. The delivery partner for Blue Communities is UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The programme partners continue to collaborate in development and delivery of Blue Community’s systems thinking approach.
Working towards a better world
Blue Communities responds to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals.