Like much of the world, African countries face a persistent array of maritime security challenges - such as illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, piracy and armed robbery at sea, illicit trades in drugs, wildlife, and other contraband, and maritime mixed migration. It is inherently more difficult to secure good data about crimes taking place at sea, which can make communicating their scope nearly impossible, in turn leading to widespread misunderstanding about the kinds of resources needed to address them.
In 2017, Stable Seas created its Maritime Security Index as a means by which countries could map and measure progress against nine issues of maritime security. On November 30, Dr. Curtis Bell, Stable Seas’ Director, presented the findings of the updated Maritime Security Index.
This webinar, co-hosted by SIGLA at Stellenbosch University and Stables Seas asks the question: what role can data and data tools have in improving maritime security around the African continent? A panel comprised of maritime security experts from the Global Maritime Crime Programme at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the International Maritime Organization, and the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre in Madagascar, discusses how the international community can cooperate to better share data about maritime crimes, how data informs capacity building efforts around the world, and what various actors in the maritime space are already doing to promote data collection and information sharing.
A recording of the event is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it_jrqNU9zo&feature=youtu.be.