The question of how to manage emergency preparedness and
response in the oil and gas sector was on the agenda at a
workshop in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania (17-20
Participants from countries across the East Africa region
gathered to highlight good practices in developing national
preparedness and response systems, as well as how to improve
understanding of risk assessments related to oil and gas
development and potential impacts on environment. The group also
worked to identify areas for strengthening emergency preparedness
and response at national and regional levels.
International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Colleen O'Hagan
helped to facilitate the workshop and provided an overview of the
Organization's International Convention on Oil Pollution
Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC) - the treaty
covering measures for dealing with pollution incidents.
This Zanzibar workshop was funded by the Norwegian Oil for
Development (OfD) Programme and implemented through their
partnership program with UNEP in collaboration with the Nairobi
Convention Secretariat, the Indian Ocean Commission and hosted by
the Zanzibar Environment Management Authority (ZEMA).
Participants were from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius,
Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, United Republic of
Tanzania, Uganda, as well as resource personnel from Nairobi
Convention, Indian Ocean Commission, Norwegian Coastal
Administration, East Africa Community, ITOPF, State University
Zanzibar and IMO.