The Regional Organization for the Conservation of Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden organizes at the Center of Emergency Mutual Aid in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden in Hurghada Egypt, a regional workshop on Guidelines for Response to Oil and Hazardous Chemical Spills in the Marine and Coastal Environment, that is taking place during the period October 26th–28th 2010.
The workshop joins twenty specialists from the region and discussions are facilitated by the International Consultant Stéphane Grenon and Dr. Mohammad Badran, Director of Projects Management, Scientific Research and Monitoring at PERSGA. The workshop started with an opening address of Admiral Mohammed Genina Director of EMARSGA, who welcomed the participants and emphasizes the role of the Centre in communicating with them for the realization of its objectives in protection of the marine and coastal environment. Dr. Mohammad Badran then spoke conveying to the participants the greetings of H E PERSGA Secretary General his wishes of having a successful and fruitful workshop. Dr. Badran also welcomed the Consultant Mr. Grenon and pointed out the workshop comes in the framework of enhancing the capacity building at the countries for response to oil spills and move a step forward towards establishing response to hazardous chemical spills mechanisms in the region.
The first presentation in the workshop was given by Dr. Badran and covered activities the PERSGA carries out in collaboration with the countries; and discussed the context in which the workshop is being organized, pointing out that it will end with identifying operational guidelines for response to oil and hazardous chemical spills.
The consultant Mr. Grenon then gave his first overview presentation on mechanisms for responding to oil and hazardous chemical spills. This was followed by country presentations on the national status of the participant’s countries concerning response capabilities and contingency planning concerning basically oil, as PERSGA region countries still lack well identified mechanism for response to hazardous chemical spills. Then the workshop’s session continued discussing practical aspects of response to oil and hazardous chemicals in the marine and coastal environments.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden