30/09/2013 Djibouti & Somali Sub-Regional Training workshop on Ballast Water

A three-days national training workshop on compliance, monitoring and enforcement (CME) of the Ballast Water Management Convention for Flag and Port State Control Officers was organized in Aden, Republic of Yemen during the period October 6th - 8th 2013. The activity was funded by GEF UNDP GloBallast Partnerships Project and IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Program. The training was delivered in Arabic using the finalized CME training package that has been developed by the GloBallast Partnerships project in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Maritime University (WMU), with support from IMO ITCP, the Total Foundation and the MPA of Singapore and translated to Arabic by PERSGA. The workshop was inaugurated by the Deputy Governor of Aden, Mr. Ahmed Dalai and Mr. Murad Halmi Deputy Chairman of the Maritime Affairs Authority (MAA) and Dr. Mohammad Badran Director of Projects management PERSGA. The workshop was attended by about 35 participants representing various sectors dealing with the marine environment in the Republic of Yemen.

Dr. Badran , PERSGA representative and Regional Coordinator of the GloBallast Partnerships, thanked the Republic of Yemen for supporting the organization of this important workshop. He emphasized that this workshop has been developed by the GloBallast Partnerships project and it is held in the framework of Cooperation between the IMO and PERSGA through the National Focal Point in Yemen the Environmental Protection Authority. Dr. Badran emphasized also that ballast water management is a collaborative work that cannot be handled by one authority alone and urged the different authorities concerned in Yemen to collaborate in order to achieve satisfactory results.  The CME training workshop was delivered in Arabic by a consultant from the Region Dr. Salim Al-Moghrabi (Jordan) and Dr. Mohammad Badran of PERSGA. It witnessed active discussions between the participants and emphasized the importance of such activity in capacity building of various stakeholders. The workshop also included, on the third day, a field visit to Aden Ports where the various activities of the Port and the main characteristic of its strategic position as a link between Europe and Asia have been elaborated.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden