Accession Number : ADA560829


Title :   Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea Subregion: Threats, Challenges and Solutions


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Shafa, Bamidele M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a560829.pdf


Report Date : 16 Mar 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 36


Abstract : Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea is a function of the region's diverse natural resources, the vulnerabilities inherent in its geographical location, as well as environmental and demographic factors. Poaching, piracy, transnational crime, boundary disputes, and environmental degradation are common threats to the security of the Gulf. Although some steps have been taken by international and regional stakeholders to address these threats, inherent challenges such as uncoordinated international and regional initiatives, lack of situational awareness and response capabilities, and lack of robust legislative and judicial arrangements have militated against any expected successes. To combat threats to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, the international community and regional authorities will have to adopt an integrated demand-based approach to identify, prioritize, and resource requirements to empower the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), an existing regional maritime security structure, to deal with the threats. This approach will promote unity of efforts and address the needs of stakeholders.


Descriptors :   *COASTAL REGIONS , *GULFS , *LITTORAL ZONES , *SECURITY , *THREATS , *WEST AFRICA , CRIMES , DEMOGRAPHY , EUROPEAN UNION , GEOPOLITICS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INSTABILITY , LAW ENFORCEMENT , LEGISLATION , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , NATURAL RESOURCES , UNITED NATIONS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , VULNERABILITY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Geography


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE