Estonian event shows potential of the blue economy sector
There is a great potential for Estonia in the blue economy - according to Gunter Pauli, a global entrepreneur, innovator and visionary who gave the opening speech at the 'Blue Economy - adding colours to the economy' Conference in Tallinn. The development of the sector would be helped if people's awareness of the blue economy was more broad- based. The reason why this inspirational conference focusing on blue bioeconomy was organized was to bring attention of its opportunities to a wider audience.
It is important to test new ideas and support small innovative community-based businesses. To succeed in this, everyone must work together. The public sector needs to have political will, they should act to create logical and supportive legislative frameworks and the scientific sector needs to develop new and innovative ways that utilize existing resources and provide technical support for the private sector. The conference was a place for these three sectors to meet.
Deputy secretary generals from Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs, Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications met to discuss the blue bioeconomy developments and potential in Estonia. It was the first time decisionmakers in blue economy in Estonia got together to discuss on this topic and we consider starting this conversation a great result of this conference. For example, Siim Tiidemann from the ministry of rural affairs said that the blue economy has the potential to improve the availability of local, sustainable, and healthy food on our tables.
Jonne Kotta, a professor in marine ecology at the Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu, busted some myths on blue economy developments such as due to low salinity mussels do not grow in the eastern part of Baltic Sea or that growing them makes no sense. Baltic Sea is eutrophicated, therefore aquaculture that is improving the marine environment, such as cultivation of mussels or algae, should be encouraged.