The Ministry of the Blue Economy and Civil Aviation has introduced its five-year strategic management plan to achieve sustainable economic development for healthy marine environments and a strong economy derived from the wealth within the sea. The ministry counts with the support of an advisory body known as a ‘Cluster,’ providing high-level guidance and direction during the initial stages of establishing a framework and successfully executing a sustainable blue economy for the country. Chairperson of the Cluster, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of the Blue Economy, Kennedy Carrillo, indicated that this advisory body has already played an integral role in articulating a clear and impactful vision and mission for Belize’s Blue Economy. According to Carillo, it includes support for formulating a coherent, robust, and innovative strategic plan for sustainable blue economy management over the next five years.

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This plan includes input from experts and the best available knowledge to identify current needs and new economic opportunities Belize’s seas has to offer while ensuring that there is little to no degradation to the local environment. The sustainable plan aims to benefit those earning a living from the sea and the country overall. Cluster members include representatives from fishing cooperatives, the private sector, international and local marine, and aquatic environmental organizations. The advisory body also comprises of key members of the public sector, sister ministries, and agencies such as Ministry of Economic Development and BELTRAIDE, Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute, and the Belize Fisheries Department.

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