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Oceans and Natural Resources

Commonwealth countries are endowed with immense and precious natural resources. These include millions of square kilometres of ocean space and rich fields of gas and oil, minerals and metals, as well as endless renewable reserves in wind and solar energy.

When managed equitably and sustainably, the exploitation of natural resources bolsters national and natural resilience to economic and social crises, improving prosperity for all citizens.

The Commonwealth Secretariat assists its member countries to sustainably manage their natural resources, in the ocean and on land, for the benefit of present and future generations.

We offer governments legal and technical support to develop policies and laws and strengthen national institutions. In collaboration with development partners, we deliver creative solutions for the benefit of our member countries as they seek to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mauritius expertise to back Commonwealth fight for coral reefs

The Republic of Mauritius will share valuable marine protection know-how with other Commonwealth countries, using the Commonwealth Blue Charter as a platform to exchange best practices, collaborate on research, and carry out training workshops.

Seychelles leader commends Commonwealth ocean approach

The president of the Seychelles, Danny Faure, has credited the Commonwealth for propelling his island country forward as an advocate for ocean issues and climate change.

New petroleum producers urged to heed ‘local context’ in policymaking

Emerging petroleum producing countries have been urged to carefully consider country context when forming local content policies – or risk long-term drawbacks to the development of the sector.