June 28, 2010

Workshop Results in Cooperation Among African Environmental Port Managers

Filed under: Africa, seaports — inece @ 5:57 pm

The first conference for West and Central African ports on improving the environment in the port area and the hinterland transport corridors held in Tema Ghana was very successful.

The conference was organized by the Ports Environmental Network-Africa (PENAf) on the request of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA), the Ports Management Association of East and Southern Africa (PMAESA), and the Interim Guinea Current Commission (IGCC) and in a close cooperation with the ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

More than 120 participants from ports and countries from all over Africa, and specialists from outside Africa, exchanged strategies and practical solutions for sustainable management of ports and logistics.

The conference has led to the set up of a cooperative network that will facilitate the exchange of good practice experience in environment, sustainability and logistics. The main aim of the cooperative network is the introduction of basic environmental management systems and standards for ports and logistics in Africa. The approach that is chosen is to realize a reduction of costs in the chain together with a reduction of environmental impact. The new cooperation will build upon the proven and worldwide accepted port environmental management standards of Ecoports Foundation and the recently developed additional instruments for sustainable chain management.

The INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network delivered a presentation during the workshop on controls for transboundary movements of hazardous waste through seaports.

The full press release is available here.

For more information, visit Ports Environmental Network-Africa.

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