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.
GI WACAF attends a French Navy at sea response exercise in Brest – September 13-14 2017
Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) – Plymouth, United Kingdom – September 26-28 2017
GI WACAF attends a French Navy at sea response exercise in Brest – September 13-14 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.
Conference on Marine Safety and Fisheries Protection – Nigeria – July 13-14 2017
Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) – Plymouth, United Kingdom – September 26-28 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.
African Great Lakes Conference 2017 – Uganda – May 2-5 2017
Conference on Marine Safety and Fisheries Protection – Nigeria – July 13-14 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.
Integrated Ocean Management Policies in Africa – COP 12 of the Abidjan Convention – March 27-31 2017
African Great Lakes Conference 2017 – Uganda – May 2-5 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.
International Oil Spill Conference (May 15-18, 2017)
Integrated Ocean Management Policies in Africa – COP 12 of the Abidjan Convention – March 27-31 2017 ↘
The GI WACAF Project will be present at IOSC 2017. Mr Clément Chazot, the Project manager, will deliver a presentation on the development of trans-boundary spill response cooperation across West, Central and Southern Africa. It will also be a good opportunity for the Project Secretariat to meet key professionals from the international response community.
10th anniversary report
International Oil Spill Conference (May 15-18, 2017) ↘
The GI WACAF Project was launched in 2006 and therefore is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. For the occasion, the Project Secretariat drafted a report showing the main achievements of the GI WACAF during these 10 years. The report could be read and downloaded HERE.
The GI WACAF Project has welcomed in a new team. Clement Chazot started as Project Manager in September, replacing Anton Rhodes, while Julien Favier started in October, taking over from Chloé Blais as the new Project Coordinator.
Coming from different backgrounds, they are forming a complementary team ready to pursue the efforts so far undertaken within the GI WACAF framework.
New team ↘
In February 2016, GI WACAF welcomed South Africa as a full participating member of the Project. The South African Focal Point to GI WACAF has been identified as Mr. Metse Ralephenya, Director Maritime Safety, Security & Environment (Department of Transport).
In 2015, GI WACAF delivered its first national workshop in South Africa (focusing upon Incident Management System) and has since been in close correspondence with the relevant authorities regarding further collaboration.
The membership of South Africa coincides with a major Government initiative, Operation Phakisa, to unlock the economic potential of Southern Africa. Of the various tasks under the initiative, offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation is identified as critical.
Several Government Task Forces have been established to address possible risks associated with oil and gas development, and a key role for GI WACAF is to support these groups in their efforts to strengthen national oil spill response capability.