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Blue Bond

Category — ESG
Blue bonds are financial instruments, debt securities used to raise funds from capital market investors for projects supporting sustainable use of ocean resources. They are regarded as an innovative and promising instrument for financing ocean conservation.

Blue bonds may have features of both green bonds and, for example, social or sustainable bonds.

The activities funded by the blue bonds, aimed at maintaining the coastal ecosystem, relate to the green bond principles, which support the ecological use of natural resources, land and underwater conservation of biological resources, water management, waste and wastewater treatment, and adaptation to climate change. At the sustainability level, blue bonds support, for example, employment through financing small and medium businesses and ensuring food safety.

They are issued by national governments or development banks. The proceeds from these bonds are used for activities that contribute to the conservation and enhancement of marine resources. Blue bonds are also a vehicle to stimulate emerging economies.
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