Responding to global challenges

Map of South east asia

Millions of people across the globe rely on marine and coastal ecosystems for their livelihoods: food, employment and their general well-being. However, the marine environment is under immense pressure from the multiple, and often conflicting, needs of the people that use it. In E/SE Asia, where marine activities are important contributors to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), marine spatial planning involving coordinated decision-making has been highlighted as a key requirement for a sustainable future.

Through academic-stakeholder collaborations, community co-creation and co-delivery, Blue Communities will support the development, implementation and ongoing management of initiatives that promote the sustainable use of marine resources by multiple users, whilst protecting the fragile marine ecosystems and supporting the livelihoods food security, health and well-being of the people in these coastal communities.

Blue Communities is funded by Research Council UK's £225 million Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Working towards a better world

Blue Communities responds to the UN Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger and good health and wellbeing for coastal communities through the sustainable use of marine resources.

Overarching Projects

Utilizing the knowledge and experience of a diverse team of scientists to cover twelve main research projects:
Evidence synthesis
Critical analysis of marine planning model applications
Synthesis of knowledge on current impacts on ecosystems and services
Marine renewable energy
Small-scale coastal tuna fisheries management
Wellbeing benefits and risks of coastal living
Earth observation approaches
Probabilistic Graphical Models (PGMs)
Principles and approaches to decision making
Future scenarios of changes in resources
Ecosystem level policy and management options
Systematic scenario planning