Mining and the African “blue economy”

South African Resource Watch

Southern Africa is uniquely situated at the convergence of three oceans, and enjoys unencumbered access to an extensive exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and a broad continental shelf. Lack of programmatic legislative frameworks that combine marine mining with an integrated ecosystem approach poses significant risks to human development and food security. SARWatch will promote informed engagement between stakeholders through knowledge generation and proactive strategic interaction aimed at formulating national and regional legislative regimes. SARWatch’s intervention is necessary and well-timed given rising tensions between indigenous communities, holders of marine mining licences and fishing concessionaires, and illegal global fishing trawlers.