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Title:Africa's maritime dimension: unlocking and securing the potential of its seas: interventions and opportunities
Author:Van Rooyen, Frank C.ISNI
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:natural resource management
international law of the sea
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10246029.2007.9627421
Abstract:This paper proposes the elevation of the vast, underutilized, neglected or suboptimally managed maritime resources of Africa's seas to sustainable and economically viable areas of endeavour. It focuses on three apparently dissimilar, yet linked interventions, one being of a developmental nature and the other two in the realm of geopolitics, all three finding applicability in the maritime domain. The first and third interventions are maritime assets-in-being, accrued to African nations, which can become the resources that will build upon the founding development layer. The second intervention has the ultimate function of laying the required minimum developmental foundation for distressed nations, correctly utilizing a given (that is, maritime) resource. Managed transparently and effectively, these may produce a wrought opportunity that can change the face of development permanently and positively, provided that the challenges that may lie in securing and unlocking the harvest of Africa's oceanic estates are overcome. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]