SafeSeas studies maritime security governance. It investigates responses to maritime threats and how they are related to other areas of ocean governance, such as ocean health or the blue economy. A major area of concern is improving maritime security capacity building. Safeseas started as a pilot project that studied lessons from maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean.

SafeSeas develops key guidelines and best practices for maritime security governance and the coordination, programming and implementation of maritime security capacity building. Best practices have been consolidated in a best practice toolkit, titled “Mastering Maritime Security. Reflexive Capacity Building and the Western Indian Ocean experience”.

SafeSeas received financial support from the Sustainable Development Programme of the British Academy, Cardiff University, the University of Bristol and the University of Stellenbosch. SafeSeas is a registered voluntary commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 (OceanAction14234). The project is a collaboration between Cardiff University and the University of Bristol and implemented with a range of universities as well as capacity building organizations.

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SafeSeas participates in discussion on maritime security architecture in WIO
The Indian Ocean Commission in the frame of the EU funded MASE program as well as the Government of Mauritius is organizing a strategic dialogue on the future of maritime ...
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SafeSeas presents best practices at Pacific Island Forum workshop
The Pacific Islands are seeking to strengthen their regional collaboration in maritime security and are in the process of negotiating a new agreement -- the so-called Biketawa plus agreement. To ...
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United Nations Special Envoy opens SafeSeas Symposium
The Special Envoy for the Oceans of the United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, formally opened the SafeSeas Symposium on Capacity Building for Maritime Security on the 2nd of ...
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SafeSeas publishes Best Practice Toolkit
SafeSeas is pleased to announce the publication of the Best Practice Toolkit entitled Mastering Maritime Security: Reflexive Capacity Building and the western Indian Ocean Experience. The report presents the core results ...
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Best Practices: Integrating blue economy work
Maritime security, the blue economy and ocean health depend on each other (see box). Resource constraints demand that these sectors are closely coordinated and that efforts are not duplicated. Fishery ...
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Best Practices: Identifying Points of Contact
For donors and implementers of regional organisations it is often difficult to reach out to recipient countries. They struggle to identify the right individual or organisation to speak to or ...
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Best Practices: Maritime Security Strategies
For many countries, maritime security strategies and plans are a useful coordination device. Such strategies provide overall direction and guidelines; they map agencies and accountability relations and describe maritime security ...
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Best Practices: The ‘tool-box’ of capacity building
Capacity building can only be defined very broadly; the measures it should include are debated, if not contested. Different methods of delivery belong in the tool-box and it is important ...
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Best Practices: Maritime Domain Awareness
Effective knowledge production about activities at sea, also known as Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), is one of the backbones of successful maritime security governance on both national and regional levels. Establishing ...
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Lecture at Military Academy of South Africa
On January 31st, Professor Christian Bueger will be giving a lecture to the staff and students of the Military Academy of South Africa. Drawing on the core insights from SAFESEAS, in ...
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