The Global Initiative
The Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF) is a partnership between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues (IPIECA) to enhance the capacity of countries to prepare for and respond to marine oil spills.
A key innovative feature is emphasis the promotion of public/private partnership for effective oil spill response making use of existing industry expertise and resources.
This initiative was launched in 2006 and is jointly funded by IMO through its Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) and nine oil company members (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ENI, ExxonMobil, Marathon, PERENCO, Shell and Total) through IPIECA. Its main task is to organize workshops, trainings, seminars and exercises in the view of strengthening the oil spill response capability, through the establishment of local partnerships between the oil industry and the national authorities responsible for oil spill preparedness and response. The Project area covers 22 countries in West, Central and Southern Africa.
The GI WACAF is based on an effective management system and has established six goals of preparedness and key performance indicators to enhance the capacity of countries to prepare for and respond to marine oil spills. These goals cover the requirements of the OPRC 90 Convention:
- Goal 1: Legislation: promote the ratification of the relevant international Conventions.
- Goal 2: Contingency plan: have contingency plan for all the countries of the region.
- Goal 3: Designation of authority: get clarity in roles and responsibilities for oil spill response.
- Goal 4: Regional agreement: promote exchange and mutual assistance for oil spill response.
- Goal 5: Training: ensure that training and exercise are developed in each countries on a regular basis.
- Goal 6: National capabilities: support countries in developing their own national response system.