UN says fishing is unsustainable, perversely rewarded, world fishing fleet must be reduced
- and perversely rewarded.'
- .2/21/11, "Green economies for growth, urges UN," BBC
- They also recommended following policies that decoupled economic growth from intensive consumption.
The findings have been published at a meeting attended by
- 100 ministers.
"Governments have a central role in changing laws and policies, and in investing public money in public wealth to make the transition possible," said Pavan Sukhdev, head of the
- UN Environment Programme's (Unep) Green Economy Initiative.
"From phasing down and phasing out the $600bn global fossil fuel subsidies,
- to re-directing more than $20bn subsidies perversely rewarding
- those in unsustainable fisheries."
UNEP defined a "green economy" as one that resulted in "improved human well-being and
- social equity,
while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities".When it came to investing 2% of GDP in greening the global economy, the authors recommended a number of investments, including:
- $108bn greening agriculture, such as encouraging and supporting smallholder farms
- $134bn on the building sector, including improving energy efficiency
- $110bn improving fisheries, including
- reducing the capacity of the world's fishing fleet....
- which is being held in Nairobi, Kenya, until 24 February."