The Unity Labour Party Manifesto 2015
Table of Contents
The “oceans” of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (territorial sea, continental shelf, exclusive economic zone) deliver a broad range of services and benefits to our people, including tourism, fishing and shipping. The area of marine waters under the jurisdiction of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is estimated to be 10,600 square nautical miles, or over 70 times our land area. The full potential of our oceans are not being realised. Thus, as a nation we must develop more assuredly and aggressively all opportunities for sustainable economic development from our oceans ___ a “blue” economy to link our quest for a “green” economy. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, under the ULP’s leadership, has been at the forefront of the launching of Blue Guardians in September 2015, to protect the oceans and enable “Blue” economies. Blue Guardians is a partnership established between the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), through SIDS Dock, and the Clinton Climate Initiative, multi-lateral development banks (including the World Bank) private sector technology and data, providers, and conservation NGOs. Comrade Ralph was one of the SIDS leaders at the founding of SIDS Dock in September 2015; he chaired its launch recently at the United Nations. These are vital links for the “blue economy”.
Accordingly, over the next five years, the ULP government will pursue the following four strategic interventions in this regard:
✔ Elaborate further and implement a comprehensive integrated ocean governance policy within the framework of an OECS ocean governance policy;
✔ Strengthen the existing legal and institutional frameworks to encourage integrated approaches to marine management and to reduce environmental degradation; this includes strengthening our Office of Maritime Administration;
✔ Identify economic priorities for future development of more marine sectors/resources in St. Vincent and the Grenadines;
✔ Develop and employ methodologies for the economic assessment and accounting for marine resources in conjunction with technical/material resources from international partners;