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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
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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