Blue Azores

Protecting, promoting and valuing the blue natural capital of the Azores

Focused on the conservation and sustainable use of the Azorean Sea, the Blue Azores Program will contribute to protecting, promoting and valuing the rich marine resources of the archipelago.

 

Three Partners, One Vision

 

Blue Azores is the result of an international partnership between the Regional Government of the Azores, the Waitt Institute and the Oceano Azul Foundation, uniting in a single vision of a healthy Azorean Sea and a thriving ocean society.

Working closely with the scientific teams at the University of the Azores, this close partnership brings decades of scientific knowledge and expertise from the region to inform each aspect of the program and the implementation of the implementation of the marine protected areas.

 

Program Objectives:

–  Protect 30% of the Azorean Sea through Marine Protected Areas, with at least 15% as new, fully protected marine reserves;

–  Implement management plans for the new marine reserves and for all existing marine protected areas

–  Legally implement a marine spatial plan

–  Improve fisheries management

–  Implementing a blue literacy program for schools and the community.

 

The program will also create new opportunities for sustainable economic development in the Azores, supporting Portugal and the Azores to achieve international objectives set by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ODS) 14, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature).

 

To kick off this program, two scientific expeditions were carried out in the Azores. The first took place in 2016 and evaluated the state of the marine ecosystems in the eastern group of islands. The second, the Oceano Azul Expedition, provided an overview of coastal, open ocean and deep-sea ecosystems in the central and western areas of ​​the archipelago. In addition to other ongoing scientific studies, the scientific reports on the health status of these marine ecosystems from these two expeditions will provide an important scientific basis to support the process of defining and establishing these new Azorean marine protected areas.

Initiative status
Stage 3 : Ongoing
Initiative keywords
  • Azores
  • Blue Economy
  • Conservation
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Ocean
  • Portugal
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“The Azores can be an example on a global scale, in which natural capital is protected, promoted, and valued, with the integral involvement of its major stakeholders: the Azorean community. And, more and more, the world calls for joint actions, concerted efforts. The Blue Azores Program depends only on the will of the parties who want to fulfill it.”
– José Soares dos Santos, Founder of Oceano Azul Foundation

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