The Blue New Deal aims to deliver stronger economies for UK coastal communities, supporting more and better jobs through a healthier marine environment.
There are already great examples of innovative and sustainable approaches happening around the UK coast, from investment in renewable energy to innovative management of our coastal environment – proof that change is possible. You can learn about some of these stories by visiting our gallery.
However, these examples are the exception and more work is needed for them to become the norm.
The Blue New Deal will bring together a range of economic sectors, organisations and individuals committed to the Blue New Deal vision, to generate ideas and develop an action plan that will help turn this vision into a reality.
Developing an action plan
Delivering the Blue New Deal vision requires a better approach to development in our coastal areas. This initiative will bring together the relevant sectors active in the UK coast, to identify measures and actions that can help reconcile the creation of employment opportunities with the need for better-integrated and innovative management of the coastal and marine environment.
The action plan to revitalise UK coastal economies and the marine environment will be co-developed with multiple coastal actors in 2015-2016.
Focal policy areas
UK coastal communities rely on the ocean for food, jobs, and recreation. But as environmental and economic pressures grow, natural ecosystems are being pushed to their limit.
In a context of increased economic and environmental challenges, our coast and seas can play an important role in delivering a better future for coastal communities. A healthier marine environment can support more and better jobs, increased resilience to economic and environmental challenges, sustainable sources of food and energy, increased wellbeing and social cohesion and healthier and more sustainable life-styles.
The Blue New Deal has, so far, identified five key policy areas that offer the opportunity to respond to the different socio-economic and environmental challenges that the UK’s coastal communities currently face:
The stories featured on the Blue New Deal website were selected based on their approach, which aims to balance the economic and social needs of coastal communities with those of our marine environment, ensuring their return to prosperity. These stories are user-generated content and, as such, based on external sources, as referenced. The mention, referencing and inclusion of, and/or links to a specific business, organisation or government body does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement or favouring by NEF.