National authorities in Senegal are currently updating and improving their national preparedness and response system in view of the rapid development of offshore oil and gas activities. In this framework, the leading authority in Senegal in preparedness and response aspects (HASSMAR) chose to strengthen its at-sea response / shoreline response interface and to develop a national shoreline response plan.
HASSMAR relied on national expertise to develop such a plan and sent a request to GI WACAF to support the final development stages of this shoreline response plan, namely:
- Provide with the support of Cedre specific comments; including on the integration of the draft shoreline plan with the at-sea national contingency plan; and
- Provide an overview of the analysis as well as recommendations during a national workshop dedicated to the finalization of this plan.
In this framework and according to the international travel restrictions, the GI WACAF team remotely took part in this event which was held on August 24 to 26th. After a first day dedicated to the launch of the coastal sensitivity maps in case of an oil spill, the second day allowed the national consultants to detail the draft Shoreline Response Plan, and international experts from Cedre to share their experience on a real case of pollution in a mangrove on the African Atlantic shore. The third day ended with discussions following the GI WACAF/Cedre team’s presentation of the critical review of Senegal's draft Shoreline Response Plan, as well as the presentation of the National response centre in case of marine pollution (CNLPM).