In the framework of implementing the regional strategy in cutting persistent organic pollutants emissions in the coastal area of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden and in collaboration between the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and the Regional Organization for the Conservation of Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, a national workshop on specialized environmental inspection in the coastal area has been organized under patronage of H E Dr. Mohannad Hararah the Environment Commissioner at ASEZA. Beside H E Professor Ahmad Abu Hilal Dean of the Faculty of Marine Sciences, Executive Director of the Aqaba Branch of the University of Jordan and Dr. Mohammad Badran Director of Projects Management at PERSGA addressed the opening session. The speakers welcomed the participants from the various walks and emphasized the importance of the workshop and its significance in protection of the coastal and marine environment.
The workshop was carried out at the University of Jordan Aqaba Branch during the period June 10th - 11th 2013. It has emphasized the principle of partnership between industry, higher education and government as well as the public awareness and shared responsibility in environmental protection and sustainable exploitation of resources. The main objective of the workshop was to introduce specialists from industry and from higher education to specialized industrial inspection and the authorities working on it in Jordan at ASEZA, Ministry of Environment and the Royal Administration for environmental protection.
The specialized environmental inspection process on industry, its stages, objectives and field procedures have been discussed. Participants getting exposed to this introduction are expected to be able to self inspection in their companies. The workshop also involved introduction to PERSGA activities in protection of the marine environment particularly those related environmental inspection. A number of relevant international conventions have also been discussed.
The workshop was concluded by a number of participants’ recommendations stressing the importance environmental awareness and self monitoring at industry. It has also been recommended that such workshops be duplicated with practical sessions included. Participants representing industry expressed the will of their administrations to contribute in providing technical and human resources for future workshops. Participants from the University expressed their interest in teaching parts of the material presented in the workshop in material taught at the Faculty of Marine Sciences.