UNDP (Mauritius)

Joint Management Area Marine Spatial Planning Initiative: Phase 2 - Implementation

Having completed the first phase of this project Blue Resources has been retained by UNDP to assist with the implementation of the Strategic MSP Roadmap.


Development of a GEF Project Identification Form to support the next phase of the Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem Project

With funding from UNOPS, Blue Resources is currently working with the CLME+ Project Coordination Unit and project partners to develop the next phase of this regional ocean governance project. The development of the Project Identification Form (PIF) is the first step to securing approval to develop a full proposal for project funding. The PIF is expected to be considered by the GEF Council in September 2020.

UNDP (Barbados and the OECS)

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Blue Economy Scoping Study

In 2018, the Government of Barbados created the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, signalling the country’s commitment to becoming a global leader in the blue economy. UNDP is currently providing ongoing support to the Government of Barbados to identify and assess the potential opportunities that the blue economy can offer.

Blue Resources is currently providing assistance to UNDP to undertake a Blue Economy Scoping Study for Barbados. The scoping study is being conducted in the context of the  Blue Economists Programme, a joint initiative between UNDP and the University of the West Indies.


UNDP (Mauritius)

Mechanisms and Delivering Best Practices and Lessons for Extended Continental Shelf Management Within the Western Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystem (Joint Management Area Marine Spatial Planning Initiative): Phase 1 - Scoping

The Joint Management Area (JMA) covers an area of 396,000 sq. km extending seaward to the east beyond the existing exclusive economic zones of both coastal States and is the largest joint maritime zone to have been established anywhere in the world. Mauritius and Seychelles jointly exercise sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring the continental shelf seabed and exploiting its natural resources.

Blue Resources was contracted through UNDP to act as the Marine Spatial Planning Expert to the JMA demonstration project, which aims to develop a marine spatial planning (MSP) process that can form the basis for an agreed management strategy for the JMA.

Through this assignment, Blue Resources developed and delivered a comprehensive Strategic MSP Roadmap, which was approved by the Project Steering Committee in November 2019.

UNDP (Barbados and the OECS)

British Virgin Islands: Strategic Blue Economy Roadmap

UNDP is providing technical support to the British Virgin Islands to better understand the potential opportunities within the blue economy. To support this work, UNDP contracted Blue Resources to undertake a comprehensive national assessment of the current status and potential development opportunities for the key blue economy sectors in the Virgin Islands.

As a key output of this project Blue Resources developed a Strategic Blue Economy Roadmap, which will set the direction and development pathways for future investment in and development of a sustainable ocean-based economy in the Virgin Islands.

Pew Charitable Trusts

Report Concerning Environmental Inspection Modalities for the Offshore Petroleum Sector

To assist the Pew Charitable Trust’s ongoing engagement with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Blue Resources was contracted to undertake an assessment of global practice with respect to environmental monitoring and inspection modalities for the offshore petroleum sector.

The subsequent report, prepared for the Pew Charitable Trust, was used as the basis for a workshop with 70 ISA stakeholders (governments, NGOs, industry), organised in the fringe of the ISA Annual session, with the goal to present information on, and stimulate discussion about, broad topics of long-term interest to ISA institutional development.

This workshop examined: the requirement for an ISA Inspectorate, what role the Inspectorate would play, and how to make it as functional and effective as possible.


UNDP (Barbados and the OECS)

Dominica Blue Economy Scoping Study

Following the devastating hurricane that struck the island of Dominica in 2017, UNDP has been providing technical support to Government of Dominica is focusing on the development of a long-term strategy to become the world’s first climate resilient country.

To support this work UNDP contracted Blue Resources to assess the opportunities available to integrate the blue economy into future resilience building initiatives.

As a key output of this project Blue Resources prepared a Blue Economy Scoping  with an associated Initial Action Plan, which identifies possible next steps should Dominica wish to progress the blue economy further.

Kenya State Department for Fisheries and the Blue Economy

Scoping Study on the Status of Marine Spatial Planning in Kenyan Waters

The Kenya State Department for Fisheries and the Blue Economy (SDF-BE) is currently preparing a multi-year, World-Bank funded marine development project – Kenya Marine Fisheries and Socio-Economic Development Project (KEMFSED).

As part of the project preparation process, and with funding from the World Bank, Blue Resources was contracted to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the status of marine spatial planning in Kenya’s nearshore and offshore waters, in the context of effective management of fisheries and other competing uses of marine resources for blue economy development.

UNDP (Philippines)

Mid-Term Review of the UNDP/GEF Full Size Project - Scaling up the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA)

With funding from UNDP/GEF, Dr Julian Roberts participated as part of the team contracted to undertake a mid-term review (MTR) of this UNDP/GEF full size project.

The objective of the MTR was to gain an independent analysis of progress towards achieving the envisaged project objective and outcomes. The MTR focused on identifying potential project design problems, evaluating project implementation and adaptive management, assessing progress towards results, and gauging the likelihood that results achieved will be sustained after GEF funding ceases.