Overview

Connecting People, Cities and the Ocean: Innovative Land-Sea Planning and Management for a Sustainable and Resilient Kenyan Coast.

The blue economy relies on natural resources from marine and coastal ecosystems and Kenya has an abundance of untapped maritime resources along its coast. The overall objective of the programme is to unlock the potential of sea-land opportunities in coastal urban centres for sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth with employment impact, while conserving and sustainably using the coastal and marine environment as well as promoting effective and integrated maritime governance.

The four-year programme is a EUR 25 million initiative funded by the European Union with support from EU member states. The programme aims to harness important coastal and marine resources to achieve a sustainable blue economy and bring jobs to over 3,000 youth and women.

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Programme Components

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Go growth

Go Blue Growth

Go Blue Growth aims at accelerating sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic urban coastal growth with job creation and employment impact, especially for young people and women. This Specific objective is being implemented by three pillars: Skills and Value Chain, Fisheries and Agriculture, Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

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Go Environment

Go Blue Environment

Go Blue aims at developing and mainstreaming the conservation and sustainable use of coastal urban and marine environment in planning and management at policy and behavioural level, especially for young people and women, in direct connection to sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and coastal tourism as well as adopting climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

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Go Security

Go Blue Security

A safe and secure Kenyan maritime territory is key to further develop and expand a sustainable thriving blue economy, while improving the lives and livelihoods of the coastal communities through new income-generating activities and opportunities.

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"Cities require good urban planning, governance and legal structures. This also means looking at cities in wider regional and international contexts. Jointly working on integrated spatial planning solutions – both on land and in water – on different levels of government and with consideration to different sectors is key to achieving a sustainable blue economy. We are ready to support Kenya’s coastal counties and cities in their journey towards resilience, sustainability and blue growth."

Maimunah Mohd. Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat

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Donors and partners

Team Europe, together with the Governors of the six coastal counties, the Ministry of Devolution and the Blue Economy Secretariat, launched the Go Blue initiative in Kenya. The four-year programme is a EUR 25 million initiative funded by the European Union with support from EU member states. The programme aims to harness important coastal and marine resources to achieve a sustainable blue economy and bring jobs to over 3,000 youth and women.

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