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Belmopan. August 6th, 2018. Representatives from various Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sector, and Academia associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response will meet at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina, Belize City from 8th to 10th August 2018, to validate the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

The Department of the Environment (DOE) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, and Environment & Sustainable Development, and Immigration (MAFFESDI) commenced implementation of the Consultancy to Update and Align the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan of Belize (NOSCP) to meet international standards in August of last year. The overall objective is to strengthen prevention, preparedness and coordinated emergency response nationally for an oil spill event in terrestrial, aquatic and marine environment, and align the plan to meet international standards and comply with the Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC).

Over the past twelve (12) months, the DOE has hosted a National Technical Working Meeting (5-7 September 2017) to engage and consult with national technical experts and organizations with responsibilities in the event of an oil spill; a National Consultation Workshop (5-6 February 2018) to conduct a technical review of National Oil Spill Contingency Plan Working Draft – Version 1; and has facilitated data collection through field visits and targeted consultations with individual stakeholders to update the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP). As part of the final phase in this Consultancy, the DOE is hosting this 2.5-day National Validation Workshop to conduct a technical validation of the updated National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

The updating of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan is part of the DOE’s commitment to the protection of our environment, pollution control, and disaster management response. It is part of the Government of Belize’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of Belizeans, their environment and livelihoods.

For further information, please contact:

Chief Environmental Officer
Department of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development & Immigration
Market Square, Belmopan
Tel: 822-2548/2819 Fax: 822-2860
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.doe.gov.bz

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