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

  • Change in GI WACAF Secretariat (November 21st, 2018)

    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 ...

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

  • GI WACAF and MAVA, a blossoming collaboration (July 06th, 2018)

    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.

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