The prospects of harnessing ocean and other water resources for economic growth could be endangered if plastic pollution, overfishing and other maritime threats such as piracy are not properly tackled.


Polythene bags in Ngong River in Industrial area, Nairobi, as pictured on August 29, 2017, amid the country's implementation of the ban on plastics. The issue of plastic pollution in oceans dominated panel discussions during the blue economy conference on November 27, 2018, with the growing human population being singled out as one of its drivers. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

And experts in the blue economy sector have cautioned governments to develop workable solutions to these challenges as the world gradually looks towards this part of the earth that previously seemed inhospitable and inaccessible.

Speakers on the second day of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi raised concerns that land-based resources are becoming more stressed and, therefore, the need for countries to quickly address environmental and ecological sustainability.

The issue of plastic pollution in oceans dominated Tuesday’s panel discussions, with the growing human population singled out as one of its drivers.

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In one of the segments titled “Addressing waste management and the circular economy” Mr Doug Woodring of the Ocean Recovery Alliance said recycling plastics alone cannot stem their flow into the ocean.