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Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

Volume 6, Issue 2 (2019) Special Issue on the Blue Economy of Bangladesh

Editor in Chief's Introduction

This special issue of the Journal of Ocean & Coastal Economics represents a departure from the journal’s usual practice of publishing individual papers presenting a variety of explorations of the application of the theory and methods of economics to problems of oceans and coasts. This edition focuses on the blue economy, a term that has rapidly spread around the world to become one of the most dominant terms used to describe ocean related policies at that international, national, and regional levels. The term is still flexible in definition, and its manifestation can be very different from place to place because of the great variety of economic and ecological characteristics in the seas and oceans. This issue focuses on the blue economy of Bangladesh, a developing country with a highly complex relationship to the sea owing to its extensive coastline and one of the world’s largest estuary systems. The papers in this issue were prepared and reviewed as part of a joint project led by The World Bank, the European Union, and the Government of Bangladesh. The guest editors for the issue, Pawan Patil, Pierre Failler, and Khurshed Alam represented, respectively, the Bank, the E.U. and the Government of Bangladesh in organizing the project and the papers. The papers in this issue discuss both economic and ecological issues affecting the blue economy, and also explore policy structures that may affect the blue economy. As such, these papers extend somewhat beyond the boundaries of economics normally covered in the journal. But the conceptual boundaries of the blue economy are still being determined and are likely to be highly permeable across disciplines, bodies of knowledge, and professional viewpoints. While we hope that each of the papers in this issue makes a contribution in its own area, it is in seeing the challenges across the range of perspectives that the blue economy of Bangladesh and other countries can begin to be understood.

Research Articles

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Future Importance of Maritime Activities in Bangladesh
M Gulam Hussain, Pierre Failler, and Subrata Sarker

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Blue Economy and Climate Change: Bangladesh Perspective
Subrata Sarker, Firdaus Ara Hussain, Mohammad Assaduzzaman, and Pierre Failler

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Augmenting Marine Food Production Through Fisheries Management and Mariculture
S M. Sharifuzzaman, M I. Golder, and M. Shahadat Hossain

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Ship Breaking and its Future in Bangladesh
Jewel Das and Muhammed Ali Shahin

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Coastal and Marine Tourism/Eco-Tourism in the Future
Mohammed Nur Mobi and Md. Alauddin Majumder

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Policy Interventions for the Development of the Blue Economy in Bangladesh
Pierre Failler, M Gulam Hussain, Khurshed Alam, and Ahmad Al Karim

Special Content

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Introduction to the Special Issue on the Blue Economy of Bangladesh
Pawan G. Patil, Pierre Failler, and Khurshed Alam