Blue Commons

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Andrew Standing:

"A paper that presents a critique of the blue growth model, and offers the beginnings of an alternative. This alternative rejects the promise of more economic growth, dependence on private financing and market-based systems for conservation, and it takes more seriously the issue of redistribution of wealth. In developing this alternative, we argue that the slogan of blue economy must be re-evaluated; it was flawed when introduced at Rio+20 in 2012, but it has also been corrupted in the years that have passed. We suggest the concept of the ‘blue commons’ instead, and believe this may be a preferable framework for the small-scale fisheries sector." (