Stable Seas Convenes Government Officials and Experts for Policy Conversation on the Blue Economy in the Southern Philippines

Blue Economy Philippines
Small lagoon in the Philippines. Photo: Jules Bss, Unsplash.

Stable Seas, in partnership with Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, a Philippines-based civil society organization, recently convened a group of local policy makers and experts for a conversation on the development of the blue economy in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The virtual event included some of the Philippines leading experts on maritime trade, fisheries, and the peace process in the region, as well as national level officials and ministers of relevant agencies within the new BARMM administration to discuss the challenges and the path forward for the sustainable development of the area’s blue economy. Participants engaged in lively conversations about issues such as the nature of the BARMM’s maritime space, the protection of local fisheries, and the facilitation of maritime trade in a manner that enhances the economic welfare of residents while protecting local security and the sustainability of the area's maritime resources. 

Stable Seas and APPFI will be compiling insights from these diverse stakeholders into a policy brief summarizing the themes of the conversation and exploring resulting policy recommendations for release in the coming weeks.