Building on the success of the inaugural edition, held alongside the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, Portugal is enthusiastically committed to organizing the second edition of the Sustainable Blue Economy Investment Forum (SBEIF) on October 4th.
This second edition of SBEIF aims to continue the momentum from the previous event by mobilizing economic agents and enhancing financing tools to foster a sustainable blue economy. Additionally, it seeks to raise awareness about innovative ocean action. SBEIF 2023 takes place following the historic decision reached at COP 27, held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where financial assistance was approved for developing countries to mitigate losses and damages caused by climate change. On the verge of COP 28 to be held in Dubai, it is crucial to emphasize that the ongoing twin geopolitical and geoeconomic global crisis cannot serve as an excuse to deprioritize climate action. SBEIF 2023 invites and encourages everyone to become an active agent, contributing their inspiring and game-changing ideas to drive positive change towards a sustainable blue economy.
A high-level event will be organized, bringing together participants from the governance, business, and financial sectors. Internationally renowned speakers who are experts in the field will share their views on sustainable finance for sustainable blue growth. The goal and results achieved in the first edition will be further developed.
The event aims to address economic growth driven by ocean economy and the role of the financial sector in scaling up innovative and sustainable solutions for climate action.
The event will contribute to identify actions and synergies between economic and financial agents around the concept of sustainable blue economy, raising awareness of the Ocean importance as the main resource of the planet, guarantor of the humanity well-being and as agent in sustainable economic development.
As a starting point for discussion and planning the event is structured on 5 major thematic proposed areas as follows:
- Ocean renewable energies and Green Shipping;
- Blue Bioeconomy;
- Maritime Digitalization;
- Blue Communities;
- Marine Protected Areas.
Each of these thematic areas will be addressed from the perspective of the Blue Economy Financing. A report will be prepared with the main conclusions of the II Edition of the Sustainable Blue Economy Investment