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Climate change roundtable discussion

Recently, I had the privilege of moderating an important roundtable discussion on the topic of ‘Beyond the Circular Economy: How a Vibrant Blue Economy can Mitigate Climate Change, Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution’.

Arranged by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cape Town, the thought-provoking discussion was opened by Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Andreas Motzfeldt Kravik, with five South African experts (representing academia, the public and private sector, and the NGO space) sharing their views on what has become a pressing issue.

Climate change is already affecting the Blue Economy in various ways. For example, sea-level rise is causing havoc on shorelines, changes in precipitation are causing unpredictable floods and droughts, while rising sea temperatures are changing patterns of ecosystem productivity, which will reduce the availability of fish for human consumption.

If climate change continues unchecked, extreme weather could conceivably combine with normal lunar tides to overwhelm the ability of coastal countries to safeguard their residents, infrastructure and futures.

Preparing for these outcomes by developing Africa’s Blue Economy could help reduce the potential impacts of climate change while improving the resilience and adaptation of the continent’s coastal communities.

For SST, this is what we mean when we say that we are working towards creating a future where Africa’s people and her seas flourish together.

This is yet another way that we are collaborating to make an expanded continental impact, and we can’t wait to get going!

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