First MARENDA Training Session Completed in Dakar, Senegal
As a MARENDA project research partner, WMU designed and organized the delivery of a training session that took place at the Trainmar centre in Dakar, Senegal from 11-20 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 training was developed and implemented in cooperation with the Haute Autorité Chargéé de la Coordination de la Sécurité Maritime et de la Protection de l’Environment Marine (HASSMAR). The aim was to provide participants with a deeper understanding of selected topics within the field of oil spill response and contingency planning, to improve 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 Senegal that are involved in maritime pollution and protection of the marine environment.
The training was the first of a series of similar offerings that will be carried out within the MARENDA priority countries i.e. Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Participation in the MARENDA project promotes WMU’s capacity building mission 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.