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Blue economy is a combination of industries from different economic sectors closely linked with the marine environment without clear boundaries, and the development of one industry can have positive or negative impacts on others, said Dao Xuan Lai, head of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Climate Change and Environment Unit in Vietnam.

Lai made the statement at a consultation workshop for a report on blue economy scenarios for Vietnam. It was jointly organised by the UNDP and the General Administration of Seas and Islands of Vietnam (VASI) on November 5.

The report will be released at an international conference on sustainable blue economy and climate change adaptation slated for December 13-14 in Hanoi.

In addition to assessing a single industry, the report aims to evaluate the interactions between industrial sectors in order to have an integrated view. This will thereby provide the analysis and synthesis assessment needed for making proposals and recommendations.

Bui Tat Thang, from the Vietnam Institute for Development Strategies under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, said that developing the marine economy is the central point in the country’s strategic development.

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