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SAFE SEAS. A study of maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean
by Cardiff University (Academic institution)
SafeSeas is a pilot project that studies lessons from maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean.

The objective is to develop key guidelines and best practices for the coordination, programming and implementation of maritime security capacity building and maritime security sector reform. The project compares the ongoing efforts to restructure the maritime security sector in four countries (Djibouti, Kenya, Seychelles, and Somalia). Although maritime capacity building has been done in limited forms for decades by international navies and the International Maritime Organization, it is generally considered as a new field of international activity.

The project has four aims:

1) to increase our understanding of challenges and effects of Maritime Security Sector Reform;
2) to transfer lessons from other fields of capacity building to the maritime;
3) to develop a methodology for mapping national maritime security sectors;
4) to identify best practices, gaps and shortcomings in the delivery of capacity building.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Best Practice Tool Kit for Maritime Capacity Building
Staff / Technical expertise
Team of seven academics developing the best practice tool kit
Basic information
Time-frame: 12/2016 - 3/2018
Cardiff University (Academic Institution) British Academy (Philanthropic organization) University of Nairobi (Academic institution) University of Seychelles (Academic institution) Bahria University (Academic institution) University of Stellenbosch (Academic Institution) Indian Ocean Commission (intergovernmental organisation)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
South Africa
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Christian Bueger, Dr., buegercm@cardiff.ac.uk,
Cardiff, UK
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