With a view to improving understanding of ocean governance frameworks and developing Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) in Peru, MSPglobal organized a national workshop in Lima on 12 February 2020 on the status of the national marine and coastal zones and the concept of Sustainable Blue Economy.
The meeting comes after the publication of Peru’s National Maritime Policy 2019-2030 on 20 December 2019, which “constitutes the collective desire of both men and women of the nation to use and protect the marine environment and harness its resources […] for its development in an efficient way.”
The Multisectoral Commission for State Action in the Maritime Field (COMAEM) is the institutional body in charge of the development, monitoring and evaluation of the policy.
Rear Admiral Antonio Vildoso Concha, Director of Maritime Interests in the Peruvian Navy, highlighted that the next step is to develop a Multisectoral Strategic Plan in the next four years, which is expected to cover aspects related to MSP.
Following a presentation of the national coastal and marine environmental framework by the Ministry of Environment, MSPglobal introduced the concept of Blue Economy and opened a panel with representatives from the COMAEM, Ministry of Environment, Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation (DIHIDRONAV), Peruvian Marine Research Institute (IMARPE) and General Directorate of Captaincies and Coast Guard (DICAPI).
Current and potential maritime activities were considered, such as innovative uses of shrimp aquaculture waste to produce new biotechnological materials, as such promoting the circular economy.
The event finished with an open discussion about recommendations for the national MSP process, transboundary MSP process with Ecuador in the Gulf of Guayaquil and development of a Blue Economy strategy.
The workshop was co-organized with the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation of the Peruvian Navy. It will contribute to the development of a regional roadmap for transboundary MSP and Sustainable Blue Economy in the Southeast Pacific.