Greening the Blue Economy in Pomorskie, Poland

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As coastal area on the Baltic Sea in north-central Poland, Pomorskie faces unique challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a green economy, a diversified economy, growing population and significant natural resources. This report focuses on the sustainable development of the oceans and coastlines surrounding the region, known as the blue economy.


Based on an OECD survey designed to capture the needs and perceptions of local employers (mostly of small- and medium-sized enterprises [SME]), this report analyses the specific skills needed to support green growth in Pomorskie, and how related labour market and training programmes can be made more effective in supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.




Locally promoting green growth in coastal economies

Human activity is placing significant stress on the environment, which will have long-term social and economic implications. This chapter discusses the rationale for developing local strategies, which support the transition to a greener economy. To consider these local strategies, this chapter considers the challenges coastal areas face in actualizing a greener economy. Despite these barriers, opportunities for marine industries provide ample justification for the shift to a greener economy. In particular, this chapter analyses the opportunities for coastal regions to develop “blue” economies, which promote sustainable economic development and job creation in a marine environment. International examples are provided to demonstrate how the concept of the blue economy is incorporated within local development strategies. These examples highlight global trends in the marine economy along with strategies for promoting blue growth. Through this comprehensive perspective, these examples offer strategies that are pertinent to other marine economies throughout the world, including Pomorskie.


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