The 8th meeting of the Response Officers to Combat Oil Spills and Maritime Accidents, was held recently at Grand Heritage Hotel in Doha.
The event was organized by the Permanent Emergency Committee in association with Ministry of Environment and Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre (MEMAC), subordinate to the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME).
The meeting was attended by delegations from GCC countries and some other neighboring states with authorities from International Marine Organization (IMO), Interpol and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Capt. Abdul Moneim al Jenahi, the Director of Memac Center lauded the role of Response officers in protecting the marine environment answering to the importance of the marine regions and praised the suggestions and recommendations made by the officers.
He pointed that the ROPME was facing a lot of threats followed by the numerous causes, including growing marine navigation and development projects as part of marine dredging in order to build new cities and ports, in addition to new oil and gas searches and exploitation, the establishment of power plants and desalination plants, and numerous tourist facilities and activities centered on the coast.
Press Release, May 7, 2014