NAMIBIA SETS UP BODY TO REVIVE MARINE POLLUTION CONTINGENCY PLAN

WALVIS BAY, The Nambian government has formed a seven-member management committee, with representatives from different ministries, to revive the National Marine Pollution Contingency Plan of 2007.

The committee, whose members are from the Environment and Tourism; Fisheries and Marine Resources; Works and Transport; and Finance Ministries, will be responsible for setting up the broad policy and overseeing the implementation of the plan to ensure its effectiveness.

The plan was approved by the Cabinet in 2007 but was inactive for lack of a committee to implement it. I was aimed at increasing the country's preparedness to stop and respond to oil and chemical pollution, mainly along the country's coastline, and to set out national policies, principles and arrangements for the management of maritime environmental emergencies arising from potential and actual oil and chemical pollution in the marine environment.

In a speech read on his behalf at the launch here Monday, Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus Naruseb said the plan was neither effective nor sustainable to manage the fast evolving risk of marine pollution driven primarily by the growth and significance of the Walvis Bay port as a gateway to southern Africa.

"An effective national system for marine pollution preparedness and response is therefore imperative," added the Minister, who noted that the plan suffered from ineffective stakeholder co-ordination and support because participation was largely voluntary.

Now, it will now promote shared responsibility through a formal memorandun of understanding.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK