- Integrated Ocean Management Policies in Africa – COP 12 of the Abidjan Convention (March 27 -31, 2017) (February 18th, 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) (February 17th, 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 (December 02nd, 2016)
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.
- New team (October 18th, 2016)
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.
- South Africa becomes full member of the GI WACAF Project (February 16th, 2016)
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.