Course Overview

Planet earth’s defining feature is the ocean and it is the reason that life exists. It produces oxygen, absorbs carbon dioxide, and contributes to freshwater renewal. It connects countries and cultures and supports ecosystems that bridge national boundaries. The ocean provides important goods and services to all of society. It is a major part of the world economy, with more nations looking to the ocean as a way to enhance livelihoods and wellbeing, particularly coastal communities and island nations. Some nations are looking at their large lakes and rivers to do the same.

The concept of the Blue Economy has evolved from the concept of the Green Economy, but with more relevance to nations that rely directly on “blue” resources for their livelihoods. The Blue Economy focuses on the innovative use of the goods and services that the ocean provides while considering the needs of local communities and ensuring that a resilient ocean can continue to provide for future generations. It requires rethinking current practices, engaging cross-sectoral and multinational collaboration, and has various crosscutting components that influence it.

The benefits of developing a sustainable Blue Economy are not only relevant to coastal and ocean nations, but also to landlocked countries who indirectly benefit from (and impact) the resources and services provided by the ocean. Over five weeks you’ll discover the potential that the Blue Economy has to drive innovative ocean engagement. Through discussion forums with experts, videos, and readings you’ll get to interact and collaborate with other learners. Our self-assessment model means you only take quizzes when you’re ready.

Learning Outcomes

This is an introductory course for persons from various backgrounds, both technical and non-technical. The integrated, multi-sectoral nature of the Blue Economy provides opportunity for new knowledge to be developed, regardless of how much or how little you may know. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the Blue Economy concept, its priorities and challenges
  • Recognise the importance of ecosystem services to the Blue Economy
  • Identify ocean sectors that have the potential to support livelihoods and wellbeing while considering what is needed for a resilient ocean