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Accra - The OSPAR Secretariat, the IMO Office for the London Convention and Protocol & Ocean Affairs, Norway Oil for Development Programme and the Abidjan Convention Secretariat, launched on Monday 19, November, in Accra (Ghana) a joint workshop to support capacity building for the implementation of the London Convention and Protocol and the implementation of the Abidjan Convention Offshore oil and gas Protocol highlighting the OSPAR Commission Decisions, Recommendations and Agreement on the subjects. IMO, in particular through the London Convention and Protocol, as well as the OSPAR Convention provided established tools and experience in regional cooperation, which can assist the implementation of the Offshore Protocol of the Abidjan Convention and support the strengthening of regional cooperation.

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The workshop brought representatives from all Contracting Parties and countries covered by the Abidjan Convention together with international experts on offshore oil and gas activities from other Conventions to facilitate exchange of best practices and lessons learned and raise awareness to the benefits of the implementation of the Offshore Protocol, including the legal framework for the protection and marine pollution management from the London and OSPAR Conventions.

Cooperation with OSPAR might be beneficial to the countries of the Abidjan Convention as environmental impacts of human activities and emerging threats are of concern to both Conventions. Capacity to address the implementation of the Offshore Protocol to preserve the marine environment is one of the major challenges faced by many countries in the Abidjan Convention area. Therefore, the workshop drew lessons learned from OSPAR’s programmes and measures, as well as the London Convention, relevant for priority issues of the Abidjan Convention, with focus on the management of offshore oil and gas activities. This will contribute to the development of environmental norms and standards related to offshore oil and gas activities, and assist in the practicable implementation of the Offshore Protocol.