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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 of the SafeSeas project drawing on 16 months of research and work with a wide range of partners from the Western Indian Ocean region. The report consolidates the experience from that region and identifies best practices to organise maritime security more efficiently and devise ways in which it can be effectively supported by donors. It provides guidelines for mastering maritime security.

Mastering maritime security requires reflexive capacity building. What reflexivity means in practice is demonstrated in this report by drawing on the experience of the Western Indian Ocean region. The report is an important toolkit for all practitioners involved in maritime security. It also provides an essential guide for the planning, programming and implementation of capacity building for maritime security.

 

SafeSeas to host High Level Symposium on Maritime Security Capacity Building

To discuss how maritime security governance can be made more efficient and capacity building can be better coordinated and its delivery improved, SAFESEAS is organizing a high-level symposium in Nairobi, on the 2nd of March 2018. The symposium, the first of its kind, takes stock of the past experience in maritime security capacity building and asks how it can be more efficiently delivered and coordinated. The high level event is a meeting of representatives from countries benefitting from capacity building, representatives of actors engaged in capacity building and a range of practitioners active in maritime security projects.

The one-day event starts with a welcoming panel highlighting the importance of maritime security capacity building. This is followed by the discussion of the SafeSeas best practice toolkit on “Reflexive Capacity Building”. The afternoon programme zooms in on dedicated practical challenges – fishery crime, maritime domain awareness, and the delivery of capacity building. The day concludes with a strategic debate on the future of international engagement in the Western Indian Ocean region. The symposium provides a unique opportunity to rethink the efficacy of capacity building, the cooperation between donors and the region and steer it into new directions.

Confirmed speakers include high-level representatives from the governments of Djibouti, Kenya, Norway, Seychelles, Somalia, and the EU, as well as representatives from CMS, EUNAVFOR, the FAO, the IMO, the IOC, UNODC. For an updated programme and further details see our symposium site and for further information or to reserve a place, please contact safeseas.conference@gmail.com

Securing Africa’s Maritime Future. Event in Copenhagen

SafeSeas is organising an event in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen to discuss “Securing Africa’s Maritime Future”.  The event will be a conversation with Timothy Walker (Institute for Security Studies, South Africa) & Mark Blaine (South African Navy & University of Stellenbosch).

How can ocean resources be sustainably harvested to serve the development goals of the African continent? How can maritime crimes and other insecurities threatening the development of Africa’s blue economy be prevented? In the past decade the continent has made significant achievements, for instance, through the African Union and its Lomé Charter signed in 2016, or through sub-regional agreements such as the Djibouti Code of Conduct, the Yaoundé Code of Conduct, or new regional maritime infrastructures. In this event we welcome two of South Africa’s leading maritime security thinkers to reflect on these development and discuss what role they see for the South African government, regional organisations, but also external donors. We will discuss challenges and threats in the African maritime domain, how these are currently addressed and how institutional responses can be improved through capacity building and private investments.

Captain Mark Blaine joined the South African Navy in 1983 specialising in mine warfare and hydrography. He spent time in Kenya as Defence Advisor and completed a MA at Coventry University in 2015. Currently he is a lecturer for nautical science at the South African Military Academy and a researcher with the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA).
Timothy Walker is a senior researcher working on maritime security and development for the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa. His areas of interest include maritime security, piracy, the blue economy, China-Africa relations, international relations theory and human security. He has a master’s degree in political and international studies from Rhodes University.
It takes place Wednesday, 10.10, 16.00-17.30, University of Copenhagen, Oester Farimagsgade 4, 1353 Copenhagen, Building 4, 1st Floor, Room 4.1.02. The event is hosted by the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen and the SafeSeas Network For further information and to register kindly contact Prof. Christian Bueger at Christian.bueger@ifs.ku.dk

SafeSeas attends inaugural Contact Group meeting in Phillipines

The inaugural meeting of the Contact Group on Maritime Crime in the Sulu and Celebes held its inaugural meeting on the 27th and 28th of August in Manila. The goal of the meeting under the theme “Mapping and Responding to Maritime Crime” is to draw on the sucess of other contact groups such as the CGPCS in order to improve the coordination in tackling maritime crime and building capacity between Indonesia, Malaysia and Phillipines but also the wider region. The meeting was organised by the UNODC’s Global Maritime Crime Programme regional office in Bangkok. SafeSeas Director Prof Christian Bueger attended the meeting and gave a talk refleciting on the usefulness of contact groups and other lessons from fighting maritime crime in the Western Indian Ocean.

SafeSeas attends 21st plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

Prof. Christian Bueger attended the 21st plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast (CGPCS) held in the UN Offices in Nairobi in July 2017. Part of the plenary was a meeting of the Working Group on Operations at Sea in which the current piracy situation at sea was discussed but also emerging issues such as the spillover from the conflict in Yemen, the regulatory framework for floating armouries, as well as the recent version of the Best Management Practices. A more detailed report on the meetings is available at the CGPCS lessons learned website at www.lessonsfrompiracy.net.

SafeSeas visits Southeast Asian partners

During a recent visit to Southeast Asia Prof. Tim Edmunds and Prof Christian Bueger met partners and stakeholders in Southeast Asia. They visited the regional MDA center based in Singapore, the Information Fusion Center (IFC), to discuss how the center provides important directions for other regional architectures. The also met with regional think tanks to discuss collaborations, including the Maritime Security Programme of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies Indonesia based in Jakarta.

The objective of the visit was to further disseminate the best practice toolkit and to prepare SafeSeas new research project on regional maritime security governance systems.

Oceans Beyond Piracy State of Maritime Piracy 2017 Report Launch

SafeSeas researcher Dr Rupert Alcock attended this OBP report launch event at the Riverside Park Plaza, London, 23 May 2018. The annual report assesses the economic and human costs of maritime piracy in four regions: East Africa, West Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. As testament to the ever growing global interest in piracy and wider maritime security challenges, the event attracted more attendees than all prior launches of its kind to date.

Key findings of the report include an estimated economic cost of piracy in East Africa during 2017 of $1.4 billion, with 1102 seafarers affected by piracy and armed robbery and 54 incidents reported in total. This figure represents a 100% increase in total incidents between 2016 and 2017. The spike in Somali-based piracy events in the Horn of Africa in the spring of 2017 indicates that Somali criminal networks are still capable of sophisticated attacks.

The panel discussion and Q and A session illustrated the complicated nature of the maritime security picture in the Western Indian Ocean, including the spillover effects into the maritime space of the ongoing political conflict in Yemen. One Earth Future (OEF) President Larry Sampler used the occasion to announce the foundation’s intention to merge Oceans Beyond Piracy with OEFs other programmes under the umbrella of OEF’s core branding, in an attempt to develop a more holistic approach to the foundation’s peace and development work in Somalia.

 

 

What directions for maritime domain awareness in the Pacific?

In a new blog titled “Uniting nations: developing maritime domain awareness for the ‘Blue Pacific’” published by The Strategist, Prof. Christian Bueger discusses together with Dr. Anthony Bergin which steps the Pacific region might want to take in establishing maritime domain awareness. As the blog argues, the lessons collated by SafeSeas from the Western Indian Ocean region are vital here.

Jeddah Workshop on Djibouti Code of Conduct

SafeSeas director Prof Christian Bueger will attend and present at the High Level Workshop on the Implementation of the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, held in Jeddah, 7 to 9 of May. Prof. Bueger will give two presentations in order to feed the insights of SafeSeas into the process. In one talk he will focus in particular on some of the fundamentals of regional maritime security cooperation, the transcript of the talk is available here.