No 'green economy' without 'blue economy', says head of UN agriculture agency

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Sustainability

Sustainable development, including the wise use of oceans and fisheries, is critical in ending hunger and fighting the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands.

That's what José Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told Ministers for Agriculture from the South-West Pacific region gathered in Apia, the capital of Samoa, on Friday.

"There can be no truly 'green economy' without a 'blue economy' one that makes sustainable development of oceans and fishery resources a priority," Mr. da Silva said.

He pointed out that the importance of capture fisheries and aquaculture cannot be neglected as they provide over three billion people with about 15 per cent of their average per capita intake of animal protein.

José Graziano da Silva also said that addressing climate change has become what he described as "a question of survival – just like hunger."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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