Towards a Blue Recovery in Samoa
The re-opening of Samoa’s borders in late-2022 kickstarted the country’s recovery
from the COVID-19 pandemic. This offers an opportunity to rebuild sustainably its
tourism, maritime transport, and fisheries sectors. Samoa’s ocean resources can also
augment its resilience to future shocks such as climate change. Through an analysis
of Samoa’s economic trends and environmental pressures, institutional set-up and policy
tools, as well as financing landscape, this report identifies opportunities and challenges
for Samoa’s ocean economy to drive sustainable and resilient development. The Samoa
Ocean Strategy offers a blueprint for such a pursuit, but there remain gaps and impediments.
To address them, the report provides several cross-cutting and sector-specific policy
recommendations to accelerate Samoa’s transition to a sustainable ocean economy.
Available from November 28, 2023