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EPPR’s Prevention Scoping Workshop: October 19 and 20, 2011

EPPR’s Prevention Scoping Workshop will take place on October 19th and 20th  at the Rica Hotel.

Kindly see below for background on the genesis of this workshop:

The 12 May 2011 Nuuk Ministerial declaration called for EPPR to lead the development of recommendations or best practices in the prevention of marine oil pollution, in cooperation with other Arctic Council working groups.  Preliminary or final results of this effort are to be presented jointly with those of the Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Task Force at the next Ministerial Meeting in 2013.

Accordingly, EPPR will lead a scoping workshop on prevention measures for marine oil spill pollution in Oslo, Norway on October 19 and 20, 2011.  The purpose of this letter is to invite you to nominate experts to participate in this workshop.

Norway and Canada will undertake the necessary preparations for this scoping workshop in close cooperation with the other involved parties. In the context of this exercise prevention could includes matters such as:  regulatory approaches and practices, technological assessment of equipment and procedures, protocols for training, inspection, and plans for the avoidance, control, and shutdown of operations.

Based on the discussions within EPPR, the Prevention activity could include the following sectors:

-        Shipping

-        Offshore Oil and gas activity

-        Land based activity near coastal areas

-        Maritime surveillance

It is therefore important that we have participation in the scoping workshop that can cover these areas.

The outcome of the scoping workshop will be a detailed proposal for the preparation and implementation of the development of recommendations or best practices in the prevention of marine oil pollution in the Arctic.

The size of the workshop will be limited to a maximum of 60 experts, with broad representation from among your nominees and relevant Arctic stakeholders.  Please contact your head of delegation or the EPPR Secretariat for more information.