Mangroves improve coastal economic resilience by reducing the impact of climate change and supporting biodiversity. What can be learned from Sri Lanka's conservation efforts?
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Not only is kidnapping for ransom by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) used to fund terrorist operations in the region, but terror is also used to extend ASG’s criminal agenda by extorting money from government and businesses.
The World Has Never Stored More Oil and Gas at Sea. Does This Increase the Risk of Maritime Terrorism? The offshore tankers and storage facilities that are holding the excess supply of oil and gas are new and vulnerable soft targets.
Obstacles lie in the way of seamless blue economy development. The first is instability in the maritime space in the Gulf of Guinea: a secure maritime space is critical, as otherwise shipping companies may opt to avoid dangerous swaths of maritime territory in favor of safer ports in neighboring countries.
The use of sand for cement-making in industrial projects has generated significant demand in India. Sand mining holds significant environmental and economic implications for coastal populations.
Maritime enforcement agencies face significant challenges in their struggle to obtain comprehensive maritime domain awareness (MDA) within the Bay of Bengal. Undetected illlict activities like smuggling, human trafficking, piracy, and armed robbery threaten regional stability.
In 2019 over 61 metric tons of pangolin products were seized in Asia. The strong demand for keratin scales and pangolin meat in Asia creates a lucrative business for wildlife traffickers.
In August of 2019, the Angolan courts convicted a Brazilian woman of narcotics trafficking and sentenced her to four years in prison. Just a few weeks ago, in January 2020, another Brazilian drug dealer was sentenced to eight years in an Angolan prison for international drug trafficking.
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences has found that one-third of Indonesia's 5.1 million hectares of coral reef are in a precarious state.
Anti-government protests erupted across Lebanon in October 2019. Plagued by years of economic downturn, civil unrest, corruption, and rampant pollution, Lebanese people took to the streets frustrated with the lack of economic opportunities, stable electricity and clean water, and waste and pollution-management infrastructure.