News: OECD Survey: Localising the Blue Economy. Towards a Resilient, Inclusive, Sustainable and Circular approach to the blue economy in cities and regions

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This survey has been developed as part of the project Cities and Regions for a Blue Economy of the OECD Water Governance Programme within the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE). The project advocates for a localised approach to the blue economy in which local and national governments and stakeholders share the task of implementing a Resilient, Inclusive, Sustainable and Circular (RISC-proof) blue economy, through good governance at the right scale. It involves both coastal and inland cities and regions in which a significant share of economic activity depends on oceans, seas, deltas, rivers and lakes.


The survey benefitted from input from the OECD Environment Directorate and was developed in collaboration with the following organisations:


  • To build knowledge on the scope and the state of play of the blue economy in cities and regions, including the main drivers, challenges, threats and impacts of the blue economy at local level, and formal blue economy initiatives across levels of government.
  • To identify the governance landscape of the resilient, inclusive, sustainable and circular (RISC-proof) blue economy across levels of government.
  • To inventory future priorities for the RISC-proof approach to the blue economy in cities and regions.


  • Subnational governments in charge of water and blue economy. Respondents are officials from local and regional governments or river basin organisations. Coordination with other municipal/regional departments, specialised agencies and port authorities may be needed to respond to some questions.
  • OECD and non-OECD member countries.
  • For the purpose of this survey, in addition to coastal cities and regionsinland cities and regions whose economic activities depend on deltas, rivers and lakes are invited to respond.
  • Cities and regions of all sizes

You can complete the survey until 16 September.

To learn more and take the survey, please click here

News Posted on 09/09/2022