On 25 May, WMU participated in a workshop on “Oil Spills Status: Environmental Impact and Control” organized by the General Company for Ports of Iraq and the Ministry of Transport of Iraq, through its Southern Environmental Protection and Improvement Office, part of the Basra Environment Directorate, in collaboration with the Marine Science Center at the University of Basra
The workshop brought together governmental and scientific experts from Iraq and the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME), which coordinates efforts of the eight littoral States (Bahrain, I.R. Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) towards the protection of the marine and coastal environment and ecosystems in the ROPME Sea Area against marine pollution and stressors that might be induced from developmental activities and/or other drivers of change.
WMU Associate Research Officer, Dr. Khanssa Lagdami delivered a presentation on the subject of “International Maritime Conventions to Avoid and Tackle Oil Spills”. In her presentation, Dr. Lagdami emphasized the benefits of regional cooperation and the importance of the adequate implementation at the national level of the relevant IMO conventions, including the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL Convention), as well as the role played by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).