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Table top exercise to test the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan with elements of IMS and NEB
As a signatory to the Oil Spill Response and Oil Pollution Preparedness Response and Co-operation (OPRC) Convention and a party to the Abidjan Convention, Ghana is obliged to undertake a number of actions.
These actions include the drawing up of an effective Oil Spill Contingency Plan; co-operation by way of providing assistance to other parties to the Convention in the event of oil spill accidents; ensuring that oil pollution incidents are reported to the competent authorities and the IMO, as appropriate; and the development of a national preparedness capability to deal with oil spill incidents.
A thorough assessment of risks – and potential opportunities - is crucial for governments to make informed policy decisions before opening up areas for oil and gas activities.
A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) allows governments to develop a holistic view of the issues that may arise from oil and gas activities in a specific region. Oil and gas production will influence the environment and people living in affected areas.
SEAs are well-established governance measures of best international practice. Through the Norwegian Oil for Development (OfD) programme, support has been offered to such assessments in several countries around the world. Two examples from Uganda and Ghana are described further below.
About 32 participants drawn from stakeholders in Ghana's oil spill contingency planning organisation are going through an eight day training in oil spill response and contingency planning through the support of the MARENDA Project. The MARENDA project is being implemented within an ambitious programme funded by the European Union and awarded by the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. The programme aims to support the maritime transport sector in west and central Africa, as this is pointed out as a key driver for the socio-economic development in African countries by the EU and African partnership.
The Project started in March 2014, will end by December 2016 and has two key objectives: improving port maritime data Exchange in the region 2) improving emergency response mechanisms to reduce marine environmental pollution by ships. The Project scope includes Western and Central African countries, but due to limitations in time and resources, five countries and associated ports have been selected to develop key Project activities although key outcomes and recommendations will to be transferred to other countries in the region,. Keep Reading
Since 1986 the Environmental Protection Agency, through the assistance of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), developed the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) and brought together the combined resources of the nation, the oil, shipping and exploration industries, to provide a level of preparedness to the threat posed to the environment by oil and chemical spills.
Ghana also became a signatory to the Oil Spill Response and Oil Pollution Preparedness Response and Corporation (OPRC) Convention and has therefore revised the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan(2010) with an update with the current version (2014) being in a draft stage. Ghana has over the years tried to institute a rapid response for oil spill incidents and is obliged under the convention to undertake a number of activities and also put in place a number of measures to effectively manage an oil spill. Keep Reading