Community Livelihoods

Our Innovation Team for community livelihoods is here to help guide, promote, and research inclusive and sustainable methods for community livelihoods.


A SBE is one in which people and countries can derive a continued source of value and wealth, while simultaneously protecting, maintaining, and restoring diverse, productive, and resilient river basin and marine ecosystems. It is reliant upon clean technologies, renewable energy, and circular material flows. It provides social and economic benefits for current and future generations. The concept of Blue Economy is central for sustainable development.


Much of the emphasis has been placed on short term economic gains and less on sustainability. As a result, traditional livelihoods and small-scale local operations are frequently outcompeted by international corporations and government initiatives, with little regard for social inclusion and environmental sustainability. The most fundamental principle of a Sustainable Blue Economy often overlooked in the interest of these short-term economic gains is that people are at its centre.


The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region is recognized globally as one of the biodiversity hotspots with high ecological and socio-economic value. However, with increased global demand for natural resources, pollution, climate change and a diversity of unsustainable economic activities, the region’s fragile coastal and marine eco-systems are under threat. In response to this, efforts and innovative solutions were urgently required to address these challenges, business as usual scenario is likely to result to the depletion of coastal and marine resources and the associated socio-economic benefits. In 2020 to bolster collective leadership between states, private sector and civil society actors, discussions between key actors in the region were initiated with support from GIZ’s Western Indian Ocean Governance Initiative to develop a regional multi stakeholder initiative for an inclusive and sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Indian Ocean region. The proposal to develop a regional multi stakeholder initiative was presented and endorsed during the tenth Nairobi Convention Conference of Parties (Decision CP.10/12). Our Blue Future is being developed using a multi-stakeholder approach. (Read more). Our Blue Future’s vision is a healthy, prosperous, and resilient WIO region for all, underpinned by participatory governance, sustainable economies and thriving coastal and marine ecosystems. (Read more)   


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Make a Difference with Community Livelihoods

Join the community livelihoods Innovation Team. To become involved, simply download & fill out the form below.

Download the community livelihoods One-Pager, to gain extra information.

Find our resources and guides for turning fisheries into a path to an inclusive and sustainable community livelihoods.

Our Resources & Guides

Want quick resources or guides to improve fisheries within your region? Try clicking through the pages below to learn how you can best apply proven methods.

This is a test excerpt for the Innovation Team based on Fisheries. If you are involved or interested in the Fisheries within the WIO, check this page.

This is a test excerpt for the Innovation Team based on Ciruclar Economy. If you are involved or interested in the Circular Economy within the WIO, check this page.

This is a test excerpt for the Innovation Team based on Blue Tourism. If you are involved in Tourism in the WIO, check this page.


Our Blue Future is still in its development phase, with a growing alliance of local, regional and international partner organisations, charting its design and future.

If you believe your organisation is well placed to contribute to Our Blue Future’s mission with time, mandate, expertise and/or financial resources please fill out the Governance Arragements form and send it to us.

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