The economic paradigms currently dominating the world are not sustainable. The threats from climate change, exploitation-based approaches to commerce and the acquisition of resources are looming large as well as the possibility of military flare-ups. Maintaining a balance between development and ecosystems, aspirations for growth and the need for sustainability is a prescient challenge. The Indian Ocean region (IOR) encompasses some of the poorest countries in the world and those that will bear the brunt of negative impacts from climate change. This book explores the immense potential of the Indian Ocean region, and how best to maintain sustainable and responsible economic and strategic activities. The combination of science, innovation, and entrepreneurship will create the new blue economy business model, which has the potential to transform society. Based on critical analysis of the model and its practical applications, including risks as well as opportunities, the topics discussed range from food security, energy, resilience to climate change, trade and investments, improved maritime connectivity to tourism, poverty alleviation, and socio-economic growth, crossing a wide range of interests and expertise. The first book to analyze together the geo-politics, geo-resources, and geo-hazards of the IOR and to identify opportunities and methods to achieve success. Covers detailed assessment of available resources (fisheries, mineral, energy), threats such as pollution (plastic, acoustic, carbon, bio-invasion), geopolitics (maritime security, military invasion), and strategic vision (determining carrying capacity, ethical governance, responsible ecosystem) of the Indian Ocean. Analyzes the economics of blue economy, the global scenario including Pacific and Caribbean Islands, and the aspect of Chinese geopolitical invasion in the Indian Ocean. Inspires entrepreneurs to adopt new ways of creating economic benefits, reducing energy use, increasing revenue while simultaneously helping communities involved. Discusses the threat and security perspectives of the IOR and the collective responsibility for a sustainable use of resources. Crossing a wide range of interests and expertise, this book explores topics and ideas that will be essential to researchers and professionals in marine sciences, economics, business, geography, and political sciences. Graduate students in the same fields as well as any and all organizations that maintain a presence in the IOR will likewise find this book a valuable resource.
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