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Oil spill contingency plan workshop to be held tomorrow

Posted: Monday, September 4, 2017. 3:57 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: On September 5, 2017, representatives from various Ministries, Departments, Private Sector, Academia, Civil Society, and Non-Governmental Organizations associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response will meet at the Radisson Fort George Hotel to plan and cooperate in ensuring proper disaster risk management and protection of Belize’s terrestrial, aquatic and marine environment. The stakeholders will be holding meetings from September 5th– 7th to update Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

An oil spill is a potential threat to Belizean life, environment, and property and can have serious economic, environmental, and social consequences.

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The updating of Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan is important in strengthening Belize’s oil spill response capabilities by drawing on the knowledge and skills of all agencies.

The plan is being spearheaded by the Department of the Environment (DOE).

The meeting’s objectives are to keep stakeholders and the public informed and to bring together the consultancy teams from Polaris Applied Sciences Inc. with key national technical experts and organizations, particularly to initiate the data collection and consultation process.

This six month consultancy is fully sponsored by the Environmental Management Fund of the Ministry of Environment and aims to strengthen the prevention, preparedness, and coordinated emergency response in the event of an oil spill in the terrestrial, aquatic and marine environment.

The updating of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan contributes to the DOE’s commitment to the protection of our environment, pollution control, and disaster management response. It is

consistent with the Government of Belize’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of Belizeans, their environment, and livelihoods.

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