News

  • 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.

  • Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) – Plymouth, United Kingdom – September 26-28 2017 (September 07th, 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 (July 12th, 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.