What I learnt from the Blue Economy Conference 2018

What I learnt from the Blue Economy Conference 2018.

The conference lasted for three short days and I believe its was a success. As I got to learn more and I know some people somewhere agree too.

It had the best timing and if all the wordings are made to reality. Then our oceans are in great hands.

So what re some of the things that really impressed me

Blue economy offers a lot of opportunities
Blue economy offers a lot of opportunities Blue economy offers a lot of opportunities

Blue economy will unlock potential by marine and its resources.

For a long time, we (developing countries), have not taken water resources seriously. We lack an effective framework to sustain-ably  exploit these resources.

Requirements for a sustainable blue economy

A successful blue economy has to be sustainable. To avoid over-exploitation and destruction of the resources we look forward to exploit. Unlike gold mining, ocean will need to be allowed time and subjected to conducive environment for its resources.

For fishing to excel, then we should not fish the little ones or flock in the water bodies. We should allow fish time to procreate and grow in size. Hence able to strike the balance.

Blue economy plays an important role to other economies

Blue economy is a new dimension in our economies and hence inadequately exploited. It’s the new jack pot and we should be careful to do things right from the very beginning.

If sustain-ably exploited, then we are to gain much more and still maintain healthy waters.

Conservation of marine and its resources is paramount

A healthy ocean and other water bodies will be able to offer the resources to be exploited. Hence their conservation is a must. For a cow to give more and good milk, then you have to take good care of her. Same applies to all water bodies. It’s a two-way traffic relationship.

Successful blue economy is a global teamwork

No one country can claim ownership of the oceans and its resources. This is because they touch different continents and always on the move with its resources. The fish migrate all the time, same to other species found in the waters. So if one country decides to mishandled these species while they are in their territory. Then the effect will be felt by all nations associated to that ocean.

As a planet its our responsibility to collectively take good care of marine and its resources.

Nations got an opportunity to read their commitments towards sustainable blue economy during the conference. This shows how  serious we need each other to succeed and have healthy oceans.

Sad fact: Research shows that if we don’t stop treating oceans like dumpsites. By 2050, plastic will be more than fish in our oceans.

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Let’s Embrace Domestic Tourism

Domestic tourism is not very popular in Kenya. This is mostly due to the wrong information. Whereby locals tend to assume that the gate fees are too expensive. They also an assumption that tourism belong to the white guys. But all these are wrong information being assumed to be true.

There have been an increase in the domestic tourism rates. And most people are embracing the activity. Locals are visiting parks, reserves, orphanages and sanctuaries. They are also taking part in conservation activities. Including planting of trees, providing support towards wildlife, among others.
To the rest, who are yet to embrace domestic tourism. Let me take this opportunity to take you through the expenses. It’s not expensive as you may think. Am sure you will definitely visit one of them after reading this.

First, I will outline for you the various categories of conservation areas. These categories are as per Kenya Wildlife Service. And they do have different charges.

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They include:

  • Premium parks – These includes Amboseli National Park and Nakuru National Park.
  • Wilderness parks – This category is further divided into two:
    1.Wilderness park A – which includes both Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park.
    2.Wilderness Park B – which includes Meru National Park, Aberdare National Park as well as Mt. Kenya National Park.
  • Urban Safari – This include the Nairobi National Park.
  • Sanctuaries – They include the animal orphange center, both in Nairobi and Kisumu, Impala safari walk and Nairobi Safari Walk.
  • Mountain climbing – Just like the name, it includes Mount Kenya National Park that allow mountain climbing.
  • Special Interest – This category is also further divided into two:
    1.Special Interest A includes Hell’s Gate National Park, Mount Elgon National Park and Ol-Donyo Sabuk National Park.
    2.Special Interest B includes all the other parks that have not been mentioned.
  • Marine parks – Includes the Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park, Malindi Marine National Park, Mombasa Marine National Park and Kiunga Marine National Park.

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Zebra

Parks fees is as follows:

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