Blue economy in the light of research activities of ACECoR is the sustainable use and conservation of all coastal resources. It aims at sustainably deriving maximum benefits from these resources to promote economic growth and social progress while protecting the environment. All coastal resources require proper management to ensure their efficient use. On the contrary, this is wanting in most African countries, leading to over-exploitation of coastal resources. The lack of occupational diversity, leading to over-dependence on some few coastal resources is also a contributing factor. These, compounded with the impacts of inadequate management of liquid and solid waste from coastal communities, businesses and other activities have exacerbated the situation. Significantly causing economic losses in fisheries, tourism and other coastal business as well as threatening food security and biodiversity. Individuals and communities have also been ripped off their livelihoods, adding them to the poverty crowd and making them vulnerable to some harsh coastal conditions.
It is therefore necessary to explore issues relating to coastal solid and liquid waste management. With much focus on circular economy and social aspect of waste management, it is essential to understand the current situation as well as identifying economic opportunities. Equally important, is the need to build the financial capacities of coastal communities through diversified livelihoods to build their resilient in the wake of declining coastal resources. This is aimed at reducing the impact of waste on coastal resources and poverty.
Other aspects of these areas to be explored are legal and policy frameworks on waste management as well as equal opportunities for women and the vulnerable in coastal societies.