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.
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.
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.
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. Continue Reading
At the recent Djibouti Code of Conduct meeting in Jeddah, 7-9 May 2018, the representative of the UK, Mr. Joe Legg, welcomed the work of SafesSeas and stated that the best practice toolkit is “very useful” and that the “UK endorses” it. He also highlighted that one of the key lessons from the toolkit is the importance of ownership.
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.
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.
At the recent high-level conference on maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean region, a representative of the Indian Ocean Commission highlighted the importance of the SafeSeas Best Practice Toolkit. As he argued the toolkit provides an important lesson for countries of the region, namely that they have to carefully plan and steer capacity building and avoid that any projects are imposed on them. As he emphasized national and regional coordination that takes ownership as its lead principle is key.
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 security in the region. In a four-day conference core ideas for the region will be discussed and also a strategic meeting for the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia is held. SafeSeas PI Prof. Christian Bueger will be attending the meeting in order to feed in core insights from the SafeSeas Best Practice Toolkit as well as results from work on the region into the discussion.
Senior SafeSeas researcher Dr Rupert Alcock presented key findings and policy implications from SafeSeas’ initial 18-month period of research funded by the British Academy. The workshop took place at the British Academy in London on 16 April 2018. It was opened by Programme Director Professor Paul Jackson and was attended by policy makers from UK and European government departments whose work focuses on sustainable governance and capacity building.
Dr Alcock opened his presentation by tracing the growing global political attention attracted by the maritime domain and the world’s developing ocean resources, before outlining the core question addressed by SafeSeas: how can we assist countries in the Western Indian Ocean region and elsewhere in tackling maritime insecurities such as piracy? He then outlined some core guidelines for redirecting capacity building efforts that were consolidated in SafeSeas’ best practice toolkit ‘Mastering Maritime Security’ that the team launched at its high-level symposium in Nairobi in March 2018. Continue Reading