Annabelle Nicolas-Kopec and Franck Laruelle attended the launch meeting in Paris of WestMOPoCo (Western Mediterranean Region Marine Oil & HNS Pollution Cooperation Project) on 13th March. The project, funded by the European Union, aims to strengthen collaboration in combating oil and chemical pollution in the western Mediterranean. It involves seven countries (Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia) and is supported by three Secretariats (REMPEC, the OSPAR/Bonn Agreement and HELCOM), as well as ITOPF, CEDRE and ISPRA. The project is due to run for two years and ITOPF’s involvement will include helping to update decision support tools, including the HNS response manuals; reviewing national contingency plans; and providing training to enhance cooperation and preparedness. The next WestMOPoCo meeting, scheduled for Malta in April, will look at how to adapt Arpel’s Readiness Evaluation Tool for Oil Spills (RETOS) into a Mediterranean context.
Category: Contingency Planning & Advice