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GI WACAF attends the GoGIN coordination meeting of maritime international partners in the Gulf of Guinea in Paris – 18th/19th December 2018
Posted on December 11th, 2018

GI WACAF attends the GoGIN coordination meeting of maritime international partners in the Gulf of Guinea in Paris – 18th/19th December 2018

Along with major institutional partners such as the European Union, the US AFRICOM Maritime Programs and partner countries, GI WACAF will attend the GoGIN coordination meeting of maritime international partners in the Gulf of Guinea which will take place in Paris on the 18th and 19th December.

GoGIN – Gulf of Guinea Inter-regional Network – aims to foster inter-regional cooperation from Senegal to Angola on maritime safety and security issues.

The objective of the meeting in December is to favour mutual knowledge and information sharing between the different initiatives and to identify possible areas of cooperation between the different partners working on maritime safety and security issues in the Gulf of Guinea.

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GI WACAF attends a joint Government/industry Incident Management System (IMS) oil spill exercise in Port Elizabeth – 29-30 November 2018
Posted on November 21st, 2018

GI WACAF attends a joint Government/industry Incident Management System (IMS) oil spill exercise in Port Elizabeth – 29-30 November 2018

The exercise focuses on testing the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP), including the draft Oiled Wildlife Preparedness and Response contingency plan. A deployment of oil spill containment equipment by local service providers is also taking place.

This exercise is the second Joint Government/Industry exercise conducted in the frame of Operation Phakisa.

Operation Phakisa is an initiative of the South African government. This initiative was designed to fast track the implementation of solutions on critical development issues highlighted in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. Operation Phakisa is a results-driven approach, involving setting clear plans and targets and on-going monitoring of progress.

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Posted on November 21st, 2018

Change in GI WACAF Secretariat

We are glad to announce that the GI WACAF Secretariat changed in October 2018 and to introduce the new team: Julien Favier and Émilie Canova.

Julien has taken over from Clément Chazot as Project manager after two years as Project coordinator. Julien first joined the GI WACAF Project in October 2016 and since then he has had the opportunity to work closely with government and industry representatives alike at home and within many countries of the region.

Émilie Canova, the new Project coordinator, has just arrived from Paris, where she was desk officer in charge of Nordic countries and the Arctic at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was focusing on the regional cooperation on environmental and hydrocarbons related subjects.

They will make every effort to walk in their predecessors’ footsteps and continue to support national authorities of partner countries in the making and in the improvement of national preparation and response system to oil spills.

They will make every effort to walk in their predecessor’s footsteps and they would like to assure the national authorities of the GI WACAF partner states of their full support and cooperation to enhance the national preparedness and response systems in case of oil spills.

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GI WACAF attends the scoping workshop for the preparation of the plenipotentiaries meeting of the Abidjan Convention in Abidjan – September 3-5 2018
Posted on September 25th, 2018

GI WACAF attends the scoping workshop for the preparation of the plenipotentiaries meeting of the Abidjan Convention in Abidjan – September 3-5 2018

In order to define a post-signature roadmap for the additional protocols to be adopted by the end of 2018, the Abidjan Convention Secretariat organized a scoping workshop from 5 to 7 September 2018. The 4 additional protocols discussed were:

  1. Pollution from land-based sources and activities (LBSA)
  2. Environmental norms and standards related to offshore oil and gas activities (Offshore protocol)
  3. Integrated coastal zone management (ICZM)
  4. Sustainable mangrove management

The specific objectives of the workshop were to develop for each of these 4 protocols:

  • An Action Plan for the implementation of the protocol and analyze the necessary synergies with the other protocols on national and sub-regional level; and
  • A roadmap for process of transposition of protocols into national laws.

The meeting also looked at the lines of communication needed to raise awareness among all stakeholders on the implications of the protocols and the role of each.

The meeting was attended by governmental representatives from the member countries to the Abidjan Convention, as well as by representatives from NGOs, industry representatives and other organisations such as IOGP. The GI WACAF Project attended and notably contributed to the development of the draft action plan for the Environmental norms and standards related to offshore oil and gas activities (Offshore protocol).

Meeting documents can be downloaded from the following dedicated webpage, page on which the report of the meeting will be uploaded at a later stage.

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Posted on July 06th, 2018

GI WACAF and MAVA, a blossoming collaboration

The MAVA Foundation has developed a new strategy for the 2016-2022 period, in which one of its key priorities is the improvement of response capabilities to pollution risks from offshore oil and gas activities, especially considering the expected intensification of offshore oil and gas activities in West Africa. As a key regional player in strengthening oil spill preparedness and response capacities, the GI WACAF Project was invited by the MAVA Foundation to contribute to the design, approval and subsequent implementation of the MA VA Foundation’s project.
GI WACAF is recognised as having a role to play in many of MAVA ’s project areas and sits on the steering committee of Strategy 3, devoted to contingency planning in the region.

The MAVA project covers 4 countries: Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone.

More info available here.

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GI WACAF attends a French Navy at sea response exercise in Brest – September 13-14 2017
Posted on September 20th, 2017

GI WACAF attends a French Navy at sea response exercise in Brest – September 13-14 2017

The GI WACAF Secretariat was in Brest for two days, participating as observers in a French Navy training on response at sea. Conducted by the CEPPOL, the French Navy expertise centre on pollution response, this training included boom and skimmer deployment at sea from an oil spill response vessel.

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Posted on September 07th, 2017

Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) – Plymouth, United Kingdom – September 26-28 2017

The GI WACAF Project will take part in the next Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC). ITAC is a technical forum which was established in 1996 to address oil spill response issues of interest to its member organisations and the wider response community. ITAC projects sought to provide advice, technical support, good-practice guidelines and benchmarking on key issues such as new technological developments in oil spill response techniques, training and response capabilities.

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Posted on July 12th, 2017

Conference on Marine Safety and Fisheries Protection – Nigeria – July 13-14 2017

Clement Chazot, GI WACAF Project Manager, will participate to the International Conference on Marine Safety and Fisheries Protection organized by the Norwegian Embassy in Nigeria, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with other partners. The conference will be held in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria between July 13 —14 2017, and will gather professionals from governments, regulatory agencies, private sector, and other relevant stakeholders in West, Central and Southern Africa region.

The key goal of the conference is to highlight environmental issues connecting to oil spill and facilitate discussion on response tools, contingency planning, regional cooperation, as well as facilitate discussions between public and private sectors to enhance effective oil spill prevention and responses.

A presentation will be delivered on the GIWACAF Project, focusing on issues of marine pollution and oil spill responses, safety and environmental protection, and effort for regional cooperation.

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Posted on April 24th, 2017

African Great Lakes Conference 2017 – Uganda – May 2-5 2017

The GI WACAF Project will attend the African Great Lakes Conference 2017. Mr Clément Chazot, the Project manager, will be part of a panel discussion related to environmental good practices of the extractive industry. He will share with the gathered experts the lessons learned during the ten years of the GI WACAF Project and he will present the added-value of a strong cooperation between public players and the extractive industry.

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Integrated Ocean Management Policies in Africa – COP 12 of the Abidjan Convention – March 27-31 2017
Posted on February 18th, 2017

Integrated Ocean Management Policies in Africa – COP 12 of the Abidjan Convention – March 27-31 2017

The GI WACAF Project will attend the 12th COP of the Abidjan Convention dedicated to the integrated ocean management policies in Africa. This important event gathers key actors of the protection of marine and coastal environment in West, Central and Southern Africa.

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