Fifth MARENDA Training Completed in Limbe, Cameroon
As a Marine Environment and Data Exchange training project (MARENDA) partner, WMU designed and organized the delivery of a training session that took place at the National Refining Company SONARA in Limbe, Cameroon from 16-25 January.
The Europe-Aid funded MARENDA research project provides support to the maritime transport sector in Africa through development of port database interchange mechanisms, marine environment protection and emergency response performance. The customer-focused training was developed and implemented in cooperation with the Port Authority of Douala and the National Refining Company SONARA.
The aim of the training was to provide participants with a deeper understanding of selected topics within the field of oil spill response and contingency planning, to improve the country’s capabilities to respond to oil spills in a coordinated manner and to test and improve communication between different levels of contingency planning. The attendees included over 20 participants from various authorities in Cameroon that are involved in maritime pollution and protection of the marine environment, such as the National Hydrocarbons Corporation, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Transport, and ports and oil refineries.
The training was the fifth of a series of similar offerings that have been carried out within the countries taking part in MARENDA i.e. Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. Participation in the project demonstrates WMU’s global capacity building impact as well as the University’s commitment to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 goals and targets intended to guide the global efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment and address climate change.