BE-AWARE Final Conference
From 10-11 December, WMU provided meeting space and logistics support for the BE-AWARE Final Conference. WMU President, Björn Kjerfve, welcomed the group at the start of the event and made a short presentation about WMU.
In 2012 the Bonn Agreement Secretariat along with Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands started the 2 year BE-AWARE project (Bonn Agreement: Area-wide Assessment of Risk Evaluations) in order to meet the commitments by Bonn Agreement Ministers in the 2010 Dublin Declaration. The project is funded in part by the EU Civil Protection Financial Instrument and the Project Partners, with co-financing from Norway and Belgium and technical support from two consultancies: COWI and MARIN. The aim of BE-AWARE was to assess the risk of accidents from shipping through ship-ship collisions, groundings and collisions with fixed objects, such as oil installations and wind farms. The assessment considered the risk of accidents, identified the likelihood of oil spills of different sizes occurring across the Greater North Sea, and undertook a qualitative assessment of the risk of Hazardous and Noxious Substances spills. Agreement for Cooperation in Dealing with Pollution of the North Sea by Oil and Other Harmful Substances. The conference outlined project methodology, challenges of undertaking a regional assessment, the result of the risk analysis for both oil and HNS, the environmental sensitivity methodology developed, and concluded the next steps for BE-AWARE.