Funded by DG-ECHO for an initial two-year period, the West MOPoCo project (Newsletters 280, 287, 290, 294) was extended for 4 months until 30th April.
To mark the occasion, France’s General Secretariat for the Sea organised an online wrap-up conference on 14th April, with around 120 participants. The activities carried out during the project and the deliverables produced were presented by 19 speakers.
Cedre presented the “Marine HNS Reponse Manual”, drafted in collaboration with ISPRA and ITOPF with the contribution of the secretariats and member countries of the Bonn Agreement, HELCOM and REMPEC and gave a demonstration of the interactive version available online.
REMPEC presented the updated version of the Maritime Integrated Decision Support Information System on Transport of Chemical Substances (MIDSIS.TROCS 4.0). REMPEC also highlighted how useful the project had been in the implementation of the 2016-2021 regional programme of work, including the development of tools and capacities for the use of emergency communication systems (MEDGIS-MAR) and the strengthening of synergies between national and sub-regional emergency procedures.
Representatives of the project’s beneficiary and partner countries (Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Tunisia and Monaco) then testified to its positive impact, in particular through workshops organised to evaluate national contingency plans using the RETOSTM tool and workshops to develop a national improvement programme based on this evaluation.