Several maritime enforcement mechanisms have been established to tackle the persistent trend of piracy and armed robbery in the Sulu and Celebes Seas.
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The meeting convened senior military officers from more than a dozen Western Hemisphere navies. The talk introduced the nine-issue maritime security framework created by Stable Seas and discussed the complex maritime threat environment near Venezuela.
The workshop offered Stable Seas immense opportunities to broaden our network to include regional experts whose insights eventually contributed to the publication of the Sulu-Celebes maritime security report.
The discussion centred around understanding the reasons for the gaps in women representation within the maritime sector, the important role women already play in the blue economy, in particular, the fisheries sector and how they can be better supported.
During the seminar, Stable Seas addressed challenges and opportunities in the Sulu and Celebes seas, which generated a discussion on perspectives to maritime security and cultivated interest in upcoming research products.
The workshop discussed efforts to improve maritime security. Policy efforts must be attentive to socio-economic development in the poor coastal areas of the Philippines along the Sulu and Celebes seas, according to participants of the workshop.
Stable Seas spoke on maritime aspects of migration, including the maritime laws governing the rescue of migrants and sea and the maritime-specific threats migrants face, including forced labor, separation from family, and dangerous traveling conditions.
The workshop brought together a diverse group of experts to discuss parallels and potential partnerships to address a range of illicit activities at sea. Stable Seas presented the paper 'Soft Targets and Black Market: Terrorist Activities in the Maritime Domain.
Stable Seas was invited to both chair and present on the “Regional Threat Assessment” panel, which set the scene for continued conversation on maritime security challenges in the wider West and Central Africa region.