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Title:Marine Affairs Institutional Cooperation in Africa - Prospects for Change
Author:Kwiatkowska, Barbara
Periodical:African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:territorial waters
international agreements
international cooperation
Inter-African Relations
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Abstract:The legal framework for the development of Africa's maritime zones is provided by the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC), which has so far been ratified by 20 of the 38 African coastal States and 4 of the 15 African landlocked States. However, since by and large African States face serious shortages in respect of marine science and technology, appropriate infrastructure, and expertise in integrated marine policy planning, making full use of the opportunities offered by this Convention requires intensified global and regional cooperation among African States themselves and with more advanced countries. The author gives an overview of existing institutionalized marine affairs cooperation in Africa and shows that institutions are mostly concerned with single maritime sectors and operate within the UN system. There has been a failure to develop a transsectoral approach to the development of marine affairs and there is no forum for the expression of innovative ideas relating to the integrated marine sector. Ann., notes, ref.