Specifically, during the 8th Regional Conference of the Global Initiative for West, in Cape Town, the Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF) the discussions were focused on the urgency of bi-lateral, multi-lateral and international cooperation to deal with oil spill and raise awareness.
Therefore, to provide a better insight into the issue of oil spill prevention and oil spill handling, the GI WACAF project organizes clean-up management plans and delivers workshops, seminars and exercises in oil spill preparedness, based in the experience from governments, industries and other organizations working in this specialized field.
Back in the 2006, IMO and IPIECA collaborated and made the project GI WACAF, to boost oil spill response in west, central and southern Africa. Their goal is to enhance the capacity of the partner countries, following the provisions of the Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation, 1990 (OPRC 90).
The 22 African partner countries included in the project are Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone,Togo and last one Namibia, which recently hosted a series of events addressing oil spill responses, in August 2019.