IBRD-GEF Western Indian Ocean Marine Hwy Contamination Prevention Project
A project aimed at catalyzing and coordinating support to protect the significant marine and coastal resources of the western Indian Ocean region is already delivering important lessons, highlighted during this weeks Fifth GEF Biennial International Waters Conference in Cairns, Australia. The initiative, known as the Western Indian Ocean Marine Highway and Coastal Contamination Prevention project, is working to prevent ship-based environmental contamination, such as oil spills from groundings and illegal discharges of ballast and bilge waters, and strengthen the capacity of countries to respond to oil or chemical spill emergencies in a region where some 500 million tons of crude oil transit annually.
Raj Hemansing Prayag, Indian Ocean Commission
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