Emergency Mutual Aid in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden ( EMARSGA )

The legal framework for the EMARSGA stems from the Protocol Concerning Regional Co-operation in Combating Pollution by Oil and Other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency (1982) together with Jeddah Convention. Under this Protocol, Emergency Mutual Aid in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (EMARSGA) is to be established. A meeting at Alexandria in November 1989 decided that this would be set up at Hurgada, Egypt.  The Protocol lays out the terms and functions of the EMARSGA Center Accordingly.

EMERSGA Vision
Improve the regional system of incident, disasters management of marine environmental and reduce risks

EMARSGA Objectives:
- Strengthening the capacity of Member States and facilitate cooperation among them to do quickly and effectively combat pollution by oil and other harmful substances in cases of marine emergencies.
- Assist Member States in developing their national capabilities to combat pollution by oil and other harmful, substances and coordinate and facilitate information exchange, technical cooperation and training.
EMARSGA Tasks: 

  1.  Collect and disseminate to member states information concerning matters such as:
    - Laws, regulations and information concerning appropriate authorities of the Member States and marine emergency contingency plans.
    - Information available to Member States concerning methods, techniques and research  relating to marine emergency responses. 
  2. A list of experts, equipment and materials provided by the countries of the region to confront emergency marine situations. 

Assist Member States as requested in: 

- Preparation of relevant laws and regulations.
- Preparation of marine emergency contingency plans.
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The establishment and develop of procedures under which personnel, equipment and materials involved in marine emergency responses may be expeditiously transported into, out of and through  the territories of the Member States.

- The transmission to the Contracting Parties of reports concerning marine emergency situations.

- Promotion and development of training programs for combating pollution.

3 - Coordinating training programs for combating pollution and prepare comprehensive   

      anti– pollution manuals.

4 – Develop and maintain a communication / information system appropriate to needs of the member states and the center for the prompt exchange of information concerning marine emergency.

5 - Prepare inventories of potential workers available, materials, ships, aircraft and other equipment for dealing with cases of marine emergencies.

6 - Create a communication system with regional and international organizations in order to exchange scientific and technical data and information, particular, with respect to any novelty which may help the center in the performance of his duties.

Host Agreement and Launching of the EMARSGA Center:
The EMARSGA Host Agreement between PERSGA and the State Ministry for Environment in Egypt; was signed in 14 October 2003. In accordance with this Agreement the Egyptian Environment Affairs Agency (EEAA) has allocated the fourth floor of its building at Hurghada to host the EMARSGA. PERSGA, on the other hand, has appointed the director and the deputy, and furnished the Center with the necessary office equipment. The official inauguration of the PERSGA/EMARSGA was on the 20th of May 2006. 

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