The OECS Commission has published a landmark document on Blue Economy and Ocean Governance in the Eastern Caribbean.
The publication titled “We Are Large Ocean States”, chronicles the OECS journey in marine resource management reform from the early 1980s to present day.
In 1986, the OECS Fisheries Desk was established. In 2013, the OECS Heads of Government endorsed the Eastern Caribbean Regional Ocean Policy (ECROP) and its associated strategic action plan (ECROP SAP), to guide the future use of the region’s marine waters and provide a basis for enhanced coordination and management of ocean resources within the Eastern Caribbean.
In 2019 the ECROP was revised to align with the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development – SDG 2030.
Coming out of SDM 2020, OECS States have been challenged to make the paradigm shift from Small Island Developing States to Large Ocean States.
A fundamental principle is that like other sectors, development of the Blue Economy must be driven by the people of the OECS and ocean wealth must be explored in a sustainable manner, for the benefit of all.
Electronic copies of the publication are available to development partners, policy makers, academia, media partners, and key stakeholders across Member States via the OECS website www.oecs.org or the CROP Webpage oecs.org/crop