Minister Antonio Luengo explained that this initiative aims to coordinate the different actions “that work on this field in an unconnected way”
The Government of the Region of Murcia began on Tuesday the preparation of the first Maritime Strategy in its history to “respond to the challenges of developing the blue economy in a sustainable and harmonious manner through integrated management of the sectoral activities that have an impact on space regional maritime and revolves around seven axes: professionals of the present and the future; impact quantification and visibility; governance; integrated maritime surveillance; space planning; sustainability and climate change; and blue growth: innovation and entrepreneurship”, according to the Minister of Water, Agriculture and Fisheries, Antonio Luengo.
The new strategy will be associated with sustainability and will emphasize the preservation of marine ecosystems so that they guarantee the provision of services to society in the broadest possible sense. “Precisely, the intensification of the uses that take place in the marine environment makes coordinated and integrated management of the different sectoral activities necessary, preserving our seas”, maintained the counselor.
Antonio Luengo highlighted the importance of the seas «as a source of wealth yet to be discovered in its entirety, which represents 9.2% of the regional active population and 36.7% of our Gross Domestic Product. Without losing sight of many other data that highlight the value, wealth and importance of the marine environment, such as the fact that 75% of foreign trade is carried out by sea, also 37% of internal trade, or the weight of employment in coastal tourism, with 2.35 million jobs.
Faced with this potential, there is a multiplicity of initiatives «that work on this field in an unconnected way, and this lack of connection reduces the effectiveness of the plausible effort they carry out. For this reason, the initiative that starts today aims to coordinate and connect these efforts, and in this way optimize them and make them more productive”, explained Luengo.
The minister called for “participation, involvement, commitment, not only as an act of responsibility, but also because we should all benefit from this initiative” and stressed that it is essential “to build a solid system of alliances and synergies that strengthens the institutional capacity to face the challenges inherent to the development of the blue economy in the Region and the vicissitudes derived from climate change».
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