A 'green economy' requires a 'blue economy', warns FAO
José Graziano da Silva, FAO director general. (Photo: Renato Araújo CC BY 3.0 BR/FIS)
"There can not be a real green economy without a blue economy, which prioritizes the sustainable development of oceans and fisheries resources," states the director general of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), José Graziano da Silva.
In his view, the rational use of oceans and fisheries will help to put an end to famine and to combat the impact of climate change on the Pacific Islands.
During a meeting with the South West Pacific Ministers to address the issue of food safety, Graziano da Silva ensured "the importance of fishing and of aquaculture can not be disregarded."
"For more than 4,000 million people they account for 15 per cent of the average contribution of animal protein per capita," he added.
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