It is essential that policy and other decision-makers involved in developing and delivering the Blue Economy in Pakistan have the necessary information to undertake their work in a risk-aware and evidence-based way. A well-designed blue economy information system is therefore needed to compile key spatial and quantitative data that will allow decision-makers to manage individual sectors across the blue economy in an integrated and proactive way.
Poseidon staff led Task 3 (of 4), 'the assessment of monitoring of risks to sustainability and grounding evidence for decision-making'. A Poseidon Director specialising in integrated coastal management and a Poseidon associate specialising in information systems development designed an information system to detect, monitor and where necessary flag risks to the sustainable development of a highly connected mixture of blue economy sectors. The scope of this reflected the tripartite focus of sustainability e.g. the environment, social and economic elements. The goal was to ensure that (i) the nature and interactions of all the blue economy sectors in Pakistan were well understood; and (ii) that key sustainability risk indicators that reflect this dynamic relationship were identified and provided the core of the information system design.
As required by the ToR there was a spatial element to the system e.g. mapping of the extent and intensity of blue economy activities in Pakistan’s EEZ and coastal zone as well as a temporal element that both anticipates change through forecasts and monitors change as it unfolds.