Drawing on the insights gained during my recent visit to the Pacific, I have teamed up with Anthony Bergin to offer some ideas of how the Pacific region might want to initiate and organize their path to maritime domain awareness structure. Below is the blog post, which has been originally posted on The Strategist on May 8th.
Uniting nations: developing maritime domain awareness for the ‘Blue Pacific’
Pacific island states face a pressing need to understand more about what’s happening in the waters that surround them and to work more closely to deal with threats and crises.
Maritime security-related issues represent some of the most valuable areas for cooperation in identifying and countering behaviour ranging from the trafficking of people, drugs, small arms and other illicit goods; illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; and other environmental crimes.
As well, the safety of ferries and inter-island shipping are key issues in a region dependent on maritime transport, so safety of navigation and effective search and rescue are essential. And protecting marine ecosystems and resources is vital to food security, human health and economic well-being.
This means it’s crucial to share information on marine incidents, oil spill responses, management and conservation of fisheries resources, marine pollution and coastal management. Continue reading