This project is about building the management and awareness capacities of players directly involved in offshore oil and gas activities in Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and Senegal. Indeed, the complexity of the sector demands that relevant stakeholders (national and regional administrative bodies, NGOs, researchers, parliamentarians’ networks, etc.) are equipped with the tools necessary for them to participate in the development and supervision of the sector. Awareness-raising will help take action upstream and engage discussions. The project comes under a MAVA-financed global action plan on the improved management of environmental risks associated with offshore oil and gas exploitation in West Africa.
Map out players involved in offshore oil and gas activities in West Africa
Increase information for and awareness of oil players on related environmental and socio-economic issues
Enhance existing training programmes
Organise ongoing training sessions in the relevant countries for the benefit of professionals, high officials of national administrations and civil society organisations involved in the sector
Develop and post online a MOOC on the environmental management of hydrocarbons
Strengthen coalitions of players in the 4 relevant countries
REPAO (Senegal), Tiniguena (Guinea Bissau), BiodiverCités (Mauritania), to provide facilitation services to national coalitions and act as community watchdog bodies for offshore hydrocarbon activities in the countries concerned
In charge of implementing activities for enhanced learning curriculum.
On 22 January, the National Assembly of Mauritania passed a bill opening the way to the ratification of the bilateral agreement signed with Senegal in February 2018 on the development of the gas field located at the sea border shared by both countries.
A workshop on “Reducing the impact of infrastructures on coastal ecosystems: issues and challenges for Senegal” was organized 4-6 December 2018 in Somone and Toubab Dialaw, Senegal by GAIA (Action and Initiative Group for an alternative development) and APPEL
A platform of Mauritanian stakeholders involved in the management of offshore oil and gas activities was created on 7 December 2018 following an experience sharing and consultation workshop organized by the Ministry of Environment, with the support of BIODIVERCITES and the collaboration of the PRCM and GIZ.