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Assessing and exploring blue economy

Assessing and exploring blue economy

For Bangladesh to maintain steady growth, exploration of ocean and harvesting aquatic assets should be given the right significance. This will create much needed employment for people living near the coastal areas and create a chance for the proper use of aquatic resources.

Bangladesh’s maritime area has increased after borders were re-aligned with India and Myanmar. Several other countries have already started to harvest ocean resources, linking their projects to eco-friendly tourism. The tourism infrastructure near the ocean has already become a profit making sector though much of it still encompasses traditional commercial facilities. What is required is the fullest understanding of how blue economy can be developed with an environmentally friendly tagline.

The resources in the ocean within our boundary are many and they have to be used through a strategic approach. There has been much talk of harvesting the ocean bed which is laudable but moving with certain targets can allow long term success in the sector.

For starters, the government after the election can invite specialists from countries like the Seychelles to provide their experience in sustaining livelihood activities near the ocean which can then be replicated here. Blue economy and proper usage of wealth from the sea also means responsible steps to save the health of the sea. Reportedly, tourism in St. Martin’s Island has helped people living there to earn a livelihood but has had adverse impact on the natural coral beds plus the overall ecology.

The government has already taken a step to bar night stays on the island to safeguard the nature. In all other seaside areas, a balance has to be made so as to ensure that nature is not ravaged.

Talking about blue economy focuses on Cox’s Bazaar though the beach in Patuakhali should not be overlooked. Reportedly, the tourism infrastructure in Kuakata faced a slump with many owners of hotels plus restaurants winding up their businesses. In these areas, development organisations can step in to provide support so the owners of hotels can diversify their trade and move to other profit making but eco-friendly ventures.

One such is the usage of sea side spots for developing health resorts where people with highly stressful lives can come to detach themselves from urban pressure. So far, Bangladesh does not have any exclusive sea side health resort or convalescence centre. To attract entrepreneurs, banks can also launch special loans with a specific emphasis on the development of blue economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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