About Blue Guardians
Small Island Developing States contribute the least to climate change yet are feeling the greatest impact of its consequences. Climate adaptation for many of these countries is a matter of survival. While small in landmass, the Small Island Developing States govern over their Exclusive Economic Zones that cover vast territorial oceans and coastlines. These areas are threatened by climate change leading to increased ocean acidification, decline in fisheries, and more frequent and severe storms.
Some island nations, however, might not have adequate information regarding what is in their oceans and Exclusive Economic Zones, inhibiting them from optimizing the potential benefits of these great resources. If properly managed, ocean and coastal areas present the greatest opportunity for island nations to capture sustainable economic benefits while increasing their resilience to climate change.
To address these challenges, governments of six Small Island Developing States, SIDS-DOCK, the Clinton Climate Initiative, financial institutions, leading private sector technology and data providers including DigitalGlobe, and international conservation organizations established the Blue Guardians partnership. The partnership aims to develop sustainable island economies while increasing resilience to climate change by supporting coastal communities, marine and fisheries conservation, and clean renewable energy.
Blue Guardians executes these goals by assisting island nations in broadening their economic and sustainable development master plans to include ocean and coastal management. Blue Guardians also aggregates big data solutions and harnesses informational tools that allow Small Island Developing States to set priorities in sustainably managing their fisheries, tourism, and renewable energy sectors.
“Blue Guardians will utilize the revolutions in big data, satellites, and spatial technologies to help us save our seas, utilize the vast potentiality of clean ocean power, and provide food and livelihoods for our people.”
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines