Building knowledge on South and Southeast Asia
During the last three months, CRIMSON has worked to build knowledge on the maritime security environment in South and Southeast Asia, two regions that will partner with a number of new EU projects. To provide as much knowledge as possible, CRIMSON delivered to the EU two different studies: a country analysis series on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore; and a mapping study on the initiatives of a number of donors active in the maritime security domain in South Asia and Southeast Asia.
The country analyses provide an overview of the actors, institutions and policies with responsibility for maritime security in the selected countries and at a regional level. Moreover, it focuses on maritime law enforcement training, joint exercises and other potential capacity building initiatives.
The mapping, on the other hand, is a more technical document, which tries to map out the maritime security initiatives which took place between 1 January 2014 and 1 April 2020 in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and what initiatives are due to launch before 31 December 2021.
As of May 2020, CRIMSON III has started collaborating with the organisation Stable Seas to carry out a study that will be tasked with providing expert analytical advice to quantify the impact and financial costs of maritime crime on coastal communities and economies in the Western Indian Ocean region and the Gulf of Guinea. This assessment of the economic impact of maritime criminality and maritime insecurity aims to support the EU in refreshing its Political Economy Analysis of these regions, helping to identify common trends and further actions to be undertaken as part of future programming.
In tandem with GoGIN, CRIMARIO and WeCAPS, CRIMSON participated in a number of webinars throughout the last three months, in order to keep the visibility of the programme alive and maintain the message of complementarity among the different projects under the CMR. These are the events attended by CRIMSON:
- 14 May 2020: UNODC GMCP Webinar – “Impact of COVID-19 in conducting operations against maritime crime”
- 28 May 2020: Stable Seas Webinar: “Gulf of Guinea Report – discussion on current trends in maritime security in the GoG”
- 8 June 2020: CEMLAWS Webinar “GoG Ocean Governance – COVID-Piracy, Coastal Communities, Needed Responses”
- 9 June 2020: Stable Seas Webinar: “What We Know About Piracy”
- 25 June 2020: CPS/GENN Webinar: “Free ports, nodes and networks: harnessing trade after the pandemic”
During the last two months, CRIMSON has progressively expanded the CMR Website to include information about new non-CMR projects and include a new section where the past issues of the CMR newsletter can be consulted.