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Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Capability in West, Central and Southern Africa

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The 2013 conference for the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF) organised by IPIECA and theInternational Maritime Organization (IMO) in cooperation with the Government of Namibia, took place from 4-8 November 2013 in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Key regional government and industry stakeholders attended the biennial event with the aim of strengthening oil spill response capability in the region. The theme for the 2013 conference was 'Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Capability in West, Central and Southern Africa: Sustaining momentum in a changing world of oil spill risks'. As well as reflecting on the successes of the project so far, the conference explored the changing profile of oil spill risks in the region which would shape future demand for training and exercises.

The outcomes of the event will feed into the next two-year programme of GI WACAF activities, which will include enhanced focus on cross-boundary issues to be explored through a more developed framework of specialised training and bi-lateral / multi-lateral exercises undertaken at the sub-regional level.

This event is the fifth of its kind to be organized since the launch of the GI WACAF Project. The previous conferences were held in Gabon (April 2006), Republic of Congo (December 2007), Cameroon (November 2009) and Nigeria (2011). The Conference gathered the main industry and government stakeholders from 22 West, Central and Southern African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo.