The Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting under India's G20 Presidency is underway in Mumbai.
- The meeting is a critical step in fostering the efforts of the G20 countries, invitee countries, and international organizations towards a sustainable and resilient future.
- On the first day of the meeting, a beach clean-up campaign was organised at the Juhu Beach in Mumbai followed by the Ocean 20 Dialogue aimed at promoting a sustainable and climate-resilient Blue Economy.
- The Ocean 20 platform, launched during the Indonesia Presidency Dialogue is aimed to advance ideation and action for ocean solutions.
- It aims to facilitate sustainability in the maritime domain, ocean governance, building capacities to facilitate sustainable ocean practices and equitable distribution of benefits from traditional and new blue economy sectors.
Q1) What is blue economy with India?
The blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth while ensuring the conservation of marine ecosystems. India has a vast coastline of 7500km, and its exclusive economic zones (EEZ) extend over 2.2 million square km. This means India has much potential for a healthy blue economy.