The Deputy Regional Minister for the Economy and Internationalisation of the Canary Islands Government, Almudena Estévez, has highlighted the importance of the blue economy for diversifying the economy of the Canary Islands and for driving sustainable development. The blue economy represents 7% of the economy of the Canary Islands, accounting for 60,000 quality jobs, which is why the Government is committed to it and is promoting it through public policies.
Almudena Estévez opened the second session of the Workshops on the Sea and the Blue Economy, a digital event organised by public enterprise Proexca in conjunction with the Canary Islands Maritime Cluster, the Marine Science Technology Centre and PLOCAN within the framework of the European project SmartBlue_F. It was moderated by the President of the Marine Science Technology Centre, José Luis Guersi, and focused on aquaculture, renewable energies, the maritime sector and knowledge of the oceans.
The Deputy Regional Minister referred to the UN theme of “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean” on the occasion of World Oceans Day. She said that innovation is for the better, “but we can focus it towards sustainable development, to contribute to a sustainable development and responsible use of the oceans,” and referred to the UN Sustainable Ocean Principles and the five tipping points for a healthy and productive ocean.
These tipping points are the sustainable production of food, the decarbonisation of shipping, the harnessing of ocean renewable energies – where the Canary Islands have enormous potential, stressed the deputy minister – an end to waste entering the ocean, and mapping the ocean. The deputy minister said that they will all feature on the Canary Islands 2030 Agenda currently being developed by the government.
In addition to the Deputy Regional Minister for the Economy and Internationalisation, the second session was also attended by the Director General for Research and Coordination of Sustainable Development of the Canary Islands Government, David Padrón Marrero; the President of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port Authority, Carlos González; the head of projects of the Spanish Aquaculture Business Association, Garazi Rodríguez; Jesús Arrieta, head scientist at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography; José Joaquín Hernández Brito, director of PLOCAN; Elba Bueno, manager of the Canary Islands Marine and Maritime Cluster; Lidia Robaina, lecturer and researcher at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; and Santiago Díaz Ruano and Elena Sánchez Rivero, renewable energy specialists at the Canary Islands Technology Institute (ITC).