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    of the recently concluded Blue Growth conference – Grenada 2016.

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  • The Blue Week 2016

    St. George’s, Grenada ••• May 14 to 22, 2016

  • An International Conference to Promote

    Blue Growth and Investment

  • Towards unlocking the value of maritime and coastal assets
    for economic growth while conserving natural and social capital


The Blue Week 2016 and Investment Conference represents a response to major recent developments in the global oceans agenda: The adoption of the Agenda 2030 by the United Nations in 2015, including the sustainable development goal on oceans and seas (SDG 14), and the Paris Agreement, concluded at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015.


Organized and hosted by the Government of Grenada with support from the Government of the Netherlands and in collaboration with the Global Ocean Forum (GOF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Clinton Climate Initiative, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility, rare, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Organization of American States (OAS), the University of Delaware’s Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, GLISPA, Center for Responsible Travel and other public and private partners.


The scope of the Blue Week 2016 and Investment Conference is global, with special emphasis on SIDS and on Latin America and the Caribbean. The Blue Week 2016 and Investment Conference is directed by the Government of Grenada through its Embassy in Washington DC headed by H.E.Dr. Angus Friday, Ambassador to the UnitedStates of America and Mexico and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States.


Opportunities for professional interaction among the conference participants, conducive to the formation of new investment and collaborative partnerships, will be maximized through a variety of events, including receptions, beach bbq, excursions, an ocean festival, and the designation of networking/work spaces.


Blue Week 2016 focuses on bringing together ocean-related investments into a coherent package of bankable projects to increase the economic benefits to small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs). This conference intends to “move the needle” on ocean health through investment in Blue Growth and Food  Security to contribute to increasing the economic benefits from marine and maritime. In particular,  the Conference will:
  • Establish a Blue Growth Network to:
    • Harness ocean-based investment initiatives into a coherent package of bankable projects.
    • Recognize that integrated approaches are vital  for sustainability of investments, to reduce  pressure on marine habitats and biodiversity, and ensure sustainable livelihoods.
    • Recognize that capacity development—from coastal zones, to Exclusive Economic Zone to Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction—is essential to achieving Blue Growth and food security while retaining the health and benefits  of ocean coastal systems.
  • Identify partnerships for promoting bankable  projects and secure investment in the priority sectors.
  • Design the elements of an Oceans Campaign to  promote Blue Growth, Investment and Food Security  by working with Ocean Champions.

Blue Week 2016 Will…

  • Engage high level political leadership in the planning and execution of Blue Growth initiatives.
  • Engage leaders in the private sector and nancial institutions to promote investment, innovation and to form public-private partnerships.
  • Learn lessons from existing efforts at innovation in Blue Growth from different parts of the world.
  • The Conference will provide a platform to discuss these initiatives, assess the lessons and the potential for scaling up and replication.
  • Identify innovative financial instruments such as Debt for Nature Swaps to reduce climate change impacts and to promote ocean-based energy.


The Blue Week 2016 and Investment Conference consists of various, mutually supportive and interactive elements, as noted in the table below. Participants are invited to all of the various program opportunities identified below.

Day1 - May14

Launch of Blue Week, Blue Grenada, emphasizes the opportunities for realizing Blue Growth and Food Security in Grenada.
Organized by the Government of Grenada.

Day 2 - May 15

SIDS and the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) Initiative, reviews progress and outlines next steps. CCI is a regional effort, currently involving 10 governments and 15 companies and partners, to galvanize leadership, financial resources, and regional collaboration to conserve and sustainably manage the marine and coastal environment.
Organized by TNC and the Caribbean Challenge Initiative.

Day 2 - May 15

SIDS and the Blue Guardians, emphasizes the imperative of high-level political engagement in achieving Blue Growth and food security, and the value of technological approaches to enhancing sustainable development of developing countries and SIDS.
Organized by the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Days, 3, 4, 5 - May 16, 17, and 18

The Main Conference: The Blue Growth and Investment Conference, features discussion and action on a range of nancial instruments to help SIDS and developing countries to achieve Blue Growth and food security to achieve Blue Growth and food security. The Conference will include several “Shark Tanks,” to consider possible funding opportunities for specific projects.
Organized by the Government of Grenada, the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, GoF, with collaboration from the World Bank, the UN FAO, UDel, TNC, the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, Rare, and OAS

Day 6, 7, 8 - May 19, 20, 21

Capacity Development to Improve the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) will examine the requisite capacity development regarding areas beyond national jurisdiction and linkages to national ocean management in Exclusive Economic Zones, to achieve sustainable development and to preserve and properly manage ocean areas.
Organized the Global Ocean Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Government of Grenada, and the University of Delaware, with financial support from the Global Environment Facility.

Day 10 - May 22

ExcursionsTo be organized to various locations in Grenada—the Underwater Sculpture Park, Tour of Fishing Towns (Round the island), Carriacou/Sandy Island Marine Protected Area.

"We are charting a path for future generations,
stressing the importance of conservation throughout the region"


Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada