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Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon are among the countries reaping the benefits of the Gulf of Guinea oil boom, which began in the late 1990s. As such, these countries are experiencing rapid expansion of oil and gas exploration, drilling and production. These oil-producing countries recognize the need to address environmental risks associated with this industry, but lack sufficient capacity to adequately monitor, mitigate, and respond to environmental challenges and disasters, including the eventuality of oil spills. In order to address the issues of disaster prevention / mitigation as well as marine conservation in the Gulf of Guinea, the US Department of State allocated funding via an Economic Support Funds grant to improve disaster preparedness and prevention in the Gulf of Guinea.
US Forest Service conducted a scoping and planning mission in June 2006 in collaboration with the US Department of State and a US Coast Guard Incident Command System (ICS) specialist. In September 2007, an ICS workshop was conducted in Douala, Cameroon to teach basic - intermediate ICS emergency response skills. This workshop was led by a team of US Forest Service, US Coast Guard, and NOAA -HAZMAT experts. Participants included government, oil industry, and NGO representatives from the countries of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.
USFS Gulf of Guinea reports on FRAME:
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