High-level panel chaired by Høgni Hoydal, Minister of Fisheries of the Faroe Islands. Photos by Federico Peltretti.



As part of the Danish presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) in 2015, the Faroese Ministry of Fisheries assumed responsibility for a three-year presidency programme entitled Growth in the Blue Bioeconomy. In 2016, NORA signed a contract with the Ministry of Fisheries for the implementation of the last two projects in the programme, one of which became the Large Ocean Nations Forum on Blue Growth.

The forum was organised by the Government of the Faroe Islands, the Nordic Council of Ministers and NORA in close cooperation with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Commonwealth Secretariat (ComSec). It was organised on 2-4 October 2017 in St. George’s Bay, Malta.

You can read the forum programme here

The aim of the forum was to allow substantive discussions on enabling factors and barriers to blue growth and an exchange of experiences between Large Ocean Nations in a global perspective. It built on SDG14 and a visit of the Fisheries Minister of Seychelles to the Faroe Islands for a conference in 2015. An informal meeting between several ministers of fisheries during the visit highlighted that there are many common challenges and characteristics between these Large Ocean Nations across the globe.


Thematic sessions with comparable cases from across the globe shaped the forum. There was also a Blue Fashion for Blue Growth session organised. The main purpose of the thematic sessions was to exchange practical and policy-relevant experiences about what has worked and what has not, and explore the reasons why. This should help develop a greater understanding of how policymakers can create “enabling conditions” for blue growth.

The participating nations were Cabo Verde, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Grenada, Iceland, Malta, Mauritius, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, and Vanuatu.