“As part of post COVID-19 recovery, new foundations for sustainable tourism and fisheries in Asia-Pacific SIDS must be built. These sectors must not only have extensive links to local communities and economies, but also be resilient to external shocks.” UN ESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
The United Nations has underlined the importance of laying pro-environment and pro-poor policies to achieve sustainability post-COVID. This of particular relevance to small island developing states (SIDS) in the Asia Pacific. These SIDS are heavily reliant on tourism and fisheries, and are likely to remain so in the long term. As such, they need to do more to foster the blue economy. To achieve this, greater regional cooperation is required.
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