21/11/2017 Liability and Compensation for pollution damage

The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Ahmed Sheta, Head of Central Coastal Areas Authority, on behalf of HE Mr. Mohamed Shehab Abdel Wahab, Chief Executive of the Environmental Affairs Agency, who welcomed the participants and gave them an idea of the role of the Ministry and the Agency in preserving the marine environment and its role in following marine pollution processes. Its partnership with the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA). Mr. Thomas Lebert, Representative of the International Oil Pollution Funds (IOPC Funds), thanked the Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) for sponsoring this important workshop, in terms of introducing participants to the mechanisms of compensation for pollution oil incidents. 
With oil and chemical and hazardous substances, in accordance with international conventions of the International Maritime Organization.
Dr. Salim Mahmoud Al Maghrabi thanked all parties for their role in facilitating this workshop. He also gave an idea of the role of PERSGA in protecting the marine and coastal environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden and wished the participants the benefit of this workshop. On the importance of the workshop, Dr Al Maghrabi pointed out that it is known that the marine environment of all countries bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden is characterized by the environment of coral reefs, mangroves and sea grass, all of which are very rich environments in their biological diversity and an important economic attraction. Fish groups are also characterized by diversity and a source of income for many fishers. Red Sea waters are an important source of drinking water and power generation in some countries. On the other hand, it is well known that the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden is witnessing an intensification of maritime traffic and may result in incidents of pollution with oil and other hazardous chemicals. And the difference between the incidents of spillage of oil and chemical spill incidents, the oil materials float on the surface of the water and can be seen and thus effectively combat in the case of a good readiness of the countries of the region. While chemicals may dissolve or interact with water in different ways, some of which may have a direct and rapid impact on biodiversity, the marine environment and human health.
He also pointed out the necessity of documenting all incidents of marine pollution caused by the spill of oil, chemicals and hazardous materials in the marine environment and determining the damage resulting from such incidents. The spillage of these substances into the marine environment causes many environmental damage related to the deterioration of biodiversity as well as health and economic damage related to the threat of property Fisheries and tourist activity and damage to production industries that rely on seawater in desalination and cooling. And may lead to the death of many organisms that may constitute a food security component and environmental and economic importance. The environmental authorities should also be aware of the international procedures to claim compensation for the damage caused by such incidents, in a manner that preserves the rights of individuals and the State

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