The Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project)

Launched in 2006, the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project) is a cooperation between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, to enhance the capacity of countries to prepare for and respond to marine oil spills. GI WACAF is one of the regional groups of the Global Initiative.

A key innovative feature is to emphasise the promotion of public/private partnerships for effective oil spill response.

The GI WACAF Project is jointly funded by IMO and 7 oil companies.

The Project area covers 22 West, Central and Southern African countries. The scope is to organise workshops, training, seminars and exercises in collaboration with national authorities in charge of oil spill response and in partnership with local business units.