The Regional Conference, held every two years, of the Global Initiative for Oil Spill Prevention and Response in West, Central and Southern Africa, is held in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire).This meeting was the opportunity for the 22 countries in the region and the oil industry to review the activities carried out over the past two years. The objectives were multiple:
- Raise awareness on oil spill preparedness and response issues with an emphasis on the challenges in the region;
- Facilitate information sharing and lessons learned in the region;
- Review the progresses achieved since the last regional conference; and
- Determine priority actions for the coming biennium 2018-2019 to strengthen oil spill response capability in the region.