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National Policy on Blue Economy

National Policy on Blue Economy- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

 

National Policy on Blue Economy in News

  • Recently, Minister of State (I/C) for Earth Sciences informed that Ministry of Earth Sciences is finalizing the National Policy on Blue Economy for the country.

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National Policy on Blue Economy

  • About: Draft National Policy on Blue Economy framework envisages the optimal utilization of all sectors of the maritime domain, (living, non-living resources, tourism, ocean energy, etc.) for sustainable development of coastal areas.
  • Ministry: Blue Economy Policy is being formulated by Ministry of Earth Sciences with comments and feedback from general public and all relevant stakeholders.
  • Participation in Policy Formulation: Many valuable comments/ suggestions received from ministries/ departments, parliament members, NGOs, industry representatives and general public have been considered and the policy document has been revised accordingly.
  • Included Areas under Policy: Blue Economic Policy document contains key recommendations on-
    • National Accounting Framework for Blue Economy and Ocean Governance,
    • Coastal Marine Spatial Planning and Tourism Priority,
    • Marine Fisheries,
    • Aquaculture and Fish Processing
    • Manufacturing, Emerging Industries, Trade, Technology, Services and Skill Development,
    • Logistics, Infrastructure and Shipping,
    • Coastal and Deep-Sea Mining and
    • Offshore Energy and Security,
    • Strategic Dimensions and
    • International Engagement.
  • National Blue Economy Advisory Council (BEAC): National Economy Policy proposes National Blue Economy Advisory Council (BEAC).
    • BEAC will have the Secretaries of relevant Ministries/ Deptts. as members.
    • It would also include Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries of Coastal States and representatives from industry.

 

National Policy on Blue Economy- Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar

  • About: Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar is a 75-day Coastal Clean-Up campaign launched by the government to clean up coastal beaches and raise awareness.
    • Coastal clean-up campaign for cleaning of at least 75 beaches along the coastal districts started on 05th July 2022 and will culminate on 17thSeptember 2022 the ‘International Coastal Clean Up Day’.
  • Organizing Ministry: Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar is being organized by MoES jointly with Indian Coast Guard, MoEF& CC, MoYAS, NDMA, Paryavaran Sanrakshan Gatividhi and Government Departments, volunteer organizations, public and students.
  • Key Activities: Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar would include support for awareness campaigns, competitions and workshops/seminars on the issues through Earth Day, Ocean Day etc. in schools, colleges and Universities.

Coastal Clean-Up campaign- Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar

Coastal Clean-Up campaign- Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar

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