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The protection and sustainable use of marine resources is the focus of the second UN Ocean Conference, which is taking place this week in Lisbon. At the high-profile international event, scientifically sound findings and innovative solutions for sustainable management of the world's oceans will be discussed under the motto "Save our Ocean, Protect our Future". FERI will be there with its competence centre for sustainable investment solutions, the SDG Office, and will present the findings of a comprehensive "Blue Economy" study by the FERI Cognitive Finance Institute.
"Oceans are not only existential for the global ecosystem. The so-called Blue Economy with the areas of marine infrastructure, resources as well as marine mobility represents an enormous economic value," emphasises Antje Biber, Head of the FERI SDG Office, in her presentation on the panel on investing in a sustainable ocean economy. According to FERI, there are numerous attractive opportunities for private capital markets in particular.
The transformation of the marine economy offers great potential for investors. The use of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain could make shipping more efficient and environmentally friendly. Floating offshore farms or wave power open up new perspectives for sustainable food and marine energy production. "Long-term oriented investors should familiarise themselves with the investment opportunities in the Blue Economy. Innovative technologies in this area not only offer interesting return opportunities, but also make a significant contribution to climate and species protection and sustainable economic development," says Biber. In order to achieve positive ecological changes in the handling of marine resources, the right economic incentives and new regulatory foundations are needed, especially for institutional investors.
The FERI Cognitive Finance Institute has comprehensively analysed the future prospects of the Blue Economy in a recent study. It shows the connections between the marine ecosystem, political challenges, new technological developments and the economic and social opportunities offered by a sustainable transformation of the marine economy. The English-language analysis "Sustainable Blue Economy - Transformation, Value and Potential of Marine Ecosystems" will be presented publicly for the first time at the UN Ocean Conference; an updated German version is expected to be published in August.
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