The Global Initiative (GI) is an umbrella programme under which governments, through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the oil industry, through IPIECA, are working together to assist countries in developing national structures and capability for oil spill preparedness and response. The programme was officially launched in Cape Town in 1996.
The organization of educational workshops, exercises and training courses aim to improve oil spill response capability in higher risk areas. Progress in the GI regions has included:
- Ratification and implementation of the relevant international conventions
- Identification of responsible government agencies in charge of oil spill preparedness and response at national level
- Approval of more national oil spill contingency plans (NOSCP) and regional plans
- Regular training and exercises
- Improved communications between government and industry at national and regional levels
About the GI
The oil industry launched the Global Initiative (GI) programme in 1996. Its members work together to enhance global preparedness and capacity to respond to oil spills.
The GI programme is jointly led by the IMO and IPIECA, with strong participation from the International Tankers Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), industry-funded Tier 3 oil spill centres, as well as the leveraged contributions of the industry members themselves.
This broad stakeholder base enables the promotion of good practice and a collaborative approach to oil spill preparedness and response to a wide audience.
IPIECA has produced a brochure that gives an overview of the GI programme and showcases some of the achievements of the GI regional groups over the last 14 years.
GI regional groups
Global Initiative activities include workshops, training courses and exercises designed to encourage better communication and co-operation between government and industry. These events also support the development and implementation of regional, sub-regional and national oil spill contingency plans and encourage the ratification and implementation of the relevant international Conventions.
GI activities currently focus on several regions: the Mediterranean Sea, Caspian and Black Seas, and West and Central Africa. Each region has a project manager, who helps build local capacity and political will for the development and implementation of effective contingency plans.
Experiences gained and results attained in one GI regional group are good examples that can be replicated elsewhere at both the national and regional levels.