BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Gregory Clough, West Africa project manager for Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a program of One Earth Future (OEF), will participate in a panel discussion on trends in piracy and armed robbery at the G7++ Friends of the Gulf of Guinea Group in Rome on Monday, June 26.
Clough joins other leading piracy experts in discussing the increase in kidnap-for-ransom attacks off West Africa and the rise in piracy attacks, particularly in the waters off Nigeria. These attacks nearly doubled from 2015, affecting more than 1,900 seafarers.
As reported in OBP’s 2016 State of Piracy report released earlier this year, pirate networks are increasingly using the kidnap-for-ransom model as it offers financial gain with less risk than hijacking for cargo theft. Unfortunately, kidnap-for-ransom attacks are more violent, putting seafarers at risk of being injured or killed.
“Although significant efforts have been made by coastal states in the Gulf of Guinea to improve maritime capacity through the Yaoundé Code of Conduct, the increase in piracy attacks in 2016 demonstrates that continued support by international and regional stakeholders is needed to effectively secure West African waters,” said Clough.
The panel on piracy and armed robbery starts at 17:30 at Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome.
About OEF and OBP:
OEF is a self-funded, private operating foundation seeking to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives. We focus on programs that enhance maritime cooperation, create sustainable jobs in fragile economies and our research actively contributes to thought leadership on global issues. As an operating foundation, One Earth Future provides strategic, financial and administrative support allowing our programs to focus deeply on complex problems and to create constructive alternatives to violent conflict.
OBP was launched in 2010 as OEF’s first implementation program to encourage and support the development of a long-term, sustainable and peaceful solution to maritime piracy through engaging all relevant maritime stakeholders.