The MARENDA project delivered its second Training on the Job Activity in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in Ghana. The training was developed and implemented on 15-24 February at EPA’s facilities in Accra.

The two main objectives of this training were the following:

  • Enhance knowledge on selected aspects of oil spill response and contingency planning among key organisations involved in preparedness and response to oil spills.
  • Test and improve communication between different oil contingency plans in the country i.e. national, local and industry.

To accomplish these two objective the training was organized in two different parts. On the one hand a “thematic part” (15-19 February) where focus was put on different themes within the field of oil spill preparedness and response. On the other hand, a table-top exercise (22-24 February) was carried out focused on contingency planning by joint partnership working between government, local authorities, shipping industry and commercial oil producers.

The training gathered approx. 35 participants from different Ghanaian Organizations and companies (EPA, Tema Port, Takoradi Port, Ghana Maritime Administration, Regional Maritime University, Ghana Navy, The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Ministry of Petroleum,  Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, ENI_Ghana and Starr fm) involved in maritime pollution and protection of the marine environment.

The session was the second of a series of similar trainings; a first seminar was carried out in Dakar (Senegal) at the Trainmar Centre from 11-20 January.  Further training sessions will be carried out within the remaining projects’ priority countries i.e. Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroon.