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Countries in the Wider Caribbean Region need, before being part of the Regional OPRC Plan, to have their own national contingency plan developed.

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NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON OIL SPILL CONTINGENCY PLANNING - PANAMA

The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) is one of the foundations for an effective and sustainable oil spill preparedness and response framework. The workshop, to be coordinated by RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe, aims to assist in the review and finalization of the NOSCP in Panama which is currently in draft form, yet to be approved. In collaboration with key government agencies and stakeholders involved in responding to oil pollution incidents, the workshop will also aim to clarify roles and responsibilities during the response to an oil spills and develop an action plan to facilitate the development of an effective national oil spill preparedness and response framework.
Activity Location: 
Panama
Activity Place: 
Actual dates and place to be confirmed
Dates: 
Monday, June 22, 2020 to Thursday, June 25, 2020

REGIONAL WORKSHOP SUPPORTING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT CONVENTION IN THE WIDER CARIBBEAN REGION

Participating countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago. Description: The Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention entered into force on 8 September 2017. To that purpose, the workshop will focus specifically on implementation, compliance and enforcement of the Convention in the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR). The workshop will assess the state of play of the Regional Task Force on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on BWM in the WCR and El Salvador (RTFWCR), which was established as a regional support mechanism within the framework of the UNEP's Caribbean Environment Program (CEP), and which was tasked, inter alia, to develop and adopt a Regional Strategy and Action Plan for its implementation. The 3rd Regional Task Force Meeting on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management was held in Panama City, Panama, from 5-9 June 2017. That workshop recommended the creation of several workgroups such as: • Invasive species portal • Port biological monitoring portal - 5 - • Ballast water and sediments scientific committee portal • Open-ended compliance monitoring and enforcement portal • Closed ended compliance and enforcement portal • Outreach portal subgroups. The regional workshop would review work accomplished since that meeting and assess ' future sub workgroup goals. In addition, this workshop will serve as an opportunity to exchange practices and discuss lessons learned on implementation and enforcement of the BWM Convention in the WCR, and support further ratification, implementation and enforcement of the BWM Convention in the region. In addition, the workshop will review the Guidelines for ballast water exchange and sediment management in Wider Caribbean Region Areas (BWM.3/Circ.2) and determine what additional measures should be adopted to improve regional coordination and harmonize the implementation of the Convention.
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Exact venue to be confirmed
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Actual dates and place to be confirmed
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Monday, June 15, 2020 to Wednesday, June 17, 2020

NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CONTINGENCY PLANNING - SINT MAARTEN

Participating countries: Anguilla, Saint Martin and Sint Maarten. Description: The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) is one of the foundations for an effective and sustainable oil spill preparedness and response framework. The workshop aims to assist in the further development of the NOSCP's in Sint Maarten, Saint Martin and Anguilla in collaboration with key government agencies and stakeholders involved in responding to oil pollution incidents. Whilst they are two separate countries, Sint Maarten in the south and Saint Martin to the north, they are both located on the same 33 sq mi island, with Anguilla a separate island less than 10 km north. Each Country has their own response structure, national legislation and contingency plans. This can be problematic as any significant oil spill will most likely impact all three territories and require a high degree of cooperation and coordination between them. The implementation of a national workshop to review and discuss the respective national oil spill contingency plans paired with a comprehensive table-top and discussion-based exercise will help the countries to more effectively respond in the event of an actual spill.
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to be confirmed
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Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday, March 20, 2020

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Recent activities

To promote its objectives, RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe conducts national and regional activities throughout the Wider Caribbean Region

  • NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CONTINGENCY PLANNING - SINT MAARTEN
    March 16 - 20, 2020
  • National Workshop on Ratification and Implementation of the MARPOL 73/7 ...
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  • National Workshop and Exercise on National Contingency Planing for Oil  ...
    October 15 - 17, 2019
  • High Level Regional Dialogue On Marine Litter and Waste Management in t ...
    September 05 - 06, 2019