The regional Training of Trainers Course and the Wokshop on Bilateral Cooperation in Oil Spill Response carried out in Abidjan between the 20 -24 of February were the final events of the project’s Capacity Building Programme, related to the MARENDA objective 2: improving emergency response mechanisms against maritime pollution. They were organized with the valuable collaboration of the Académie Régionale des Sciences et Techniques de la Mer (A.R.S.T.M.) as follows:

 

  • Regional Training of Trainers Course

 

This training was given during 3 days, 20-22 February. It summarized the Trainings on the Job activities and associated contents that MARENDA delivered in the five priority countries (Senegal, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroon). The two main objectives were:

 

  • To provide a summary of previous Trainings on the Job delivered by the MARENDA project on contingency planning and oil spill response in the five priority countries (Senegal, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroon).

 

  • To provide a training on pedagogy and principles of adult learning. After the course, participants will be given access to the training platform and associated material generated during the implementation of the MARENDA project, for future usage.

 

The training gathered participants from different Organizations of the five above-mentioned countries: NOSDRA and NIMASA (Nigeria), PAD (Cameroun), HASSMAR (Sénégal), EPA and GMA (Ghana) and CIAPOL and Direction Générale de Affaires Maritimes et Portuaires (Côte d’Ivoire).

 

  • Workshop on Bilateral Cooperation in Oil Spill Response

 

The Workshop on Bilateral Cooperation in Oil Spill Response took place on 23-24 February.

 

The aim of the workshop was to provide information, knowledge and tools to facilitate cooperation between neighbor countries in WCA region in case of an oil spill. To this end, successful examples of regional agreements at the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea were shown, and the key elements of a bilateral agreement were presented and further discussed through working groups made by delegates from neighbor countries.

In addition, the GIS database tool that has been developed to compile and manage the information on available response equipment and resources in the priority countries of the project was presented . After the Workshop, focal points designated in each country will be given access to the database, for future usage.

 

Delegates from seven WCA countries participated in this workshop: NIMASA  and NOSDRA (Nigeria), PAD (Cameroun), Direction de la Marine Marchande (Benin), Direction de l’Environment (Togo), CIAPOL and Direction Générale des Affaires Maritimes et Portuaires (Côte d’Ivoire), EPA and GMA (Ghana), Gambia Ports Authority (Gambia) and HASSMAR (Sénégal).