OECS hosts webinar on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Wednesday

The OECS Blue Economy Webinar Series continues on Wednesday August 26 at 10:00 a.m. with a webinar entitled Many People One Sea: Making our
Ocean Space more user friendly.
 It will focus on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning.

Under the Caribb ean Regional Oceanscape Project (CROP), coastal and marine spatial plans are being developed for Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

This is part of an overall thrust to help the OECS transition to a Blue Economy.

The coastal and marine assets of OECS Member States offer unprecedented opportunity for further development of their economies. 

The actual area of the marine space of most of the island states of the OECS may be as much as 70 times greater than their land mass, with many sectors depending directly or indirectly on the marine environment, and as such, OECS economies are essentially ‘blue’ or dependent on ocean resources. 

The Caribbean ocean ‘blue’ economy generates approximately US$5 billion in seafood, US$39.9 billion in oil and gas, and US$57 billion in tourism annually.