Tourism is arguably the most accessible theme across the blue economy spectrum. Perhaps it’s almost too obvious when considered against deep ocean exploration, mineral extraction, fishing in the open ocean and a host of other themes and industries that seem somehow more mysterious and commercial but marine and coastal tourism accounts for 26% of the blue economy, making it the joint second largest ocean industry. Only the oil and gas sector is considered to have higher economic value in the ocean domain.
March the 8th is International Women’s Day, this year promoting the theme ‘balance is better’ recognising the importance of gender balance.
We reviewed news and highlights from across the marine and maritime sectors to see how gender is being considered by organisations working in the seas and oceans.
We were inspired to share this story that came to us via the good people at GLISPA - The Global Island Partnership - an organisation that promotes action to build resilient and sustainable island communities.
During the summer of 2019, a group of nine Loyola students and alums will travel to Tuvalu, an island country in the Pacific Ocean with a population of less than 11,000 people – the fourth smallest country in the world. Tuvalu has suffered from the effects of climate change perhaps more than any country on the planet and, with ocean levels rising, faces the possibility of extinction. The team will travel to Tuvalu to facilitate sharing the story of Tuvalu as told by the island’s youth.
NLA International Ltd is proud to announce the start of a new project funded by the European Space Agency’s ’s NAVISP programme.
MarRINav (Maritime Resilience and Integrity of Navigation) will explore vulnerabilities in position, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions. Both the 2017 Blackett report and 2018 London Economics report highlighted the risks associated with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and the operations that depend on it. In the marine space these vulnerabilities are significant. Factors such as space weather, jamming and ‘spoofing’ – being misled by false signals – can cause ships to appear on charts at inaccurate locations. MarRINav will consider these risks and explore how other PNT solutions can complement GNSS to provide the mariner with greater resilience and confidence in what is now recognised as a critical national infrastructure.