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Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan

Belize’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan will soon be finalized. Representatives from various Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sector, and Academia associated with Disaster Risk Management and Oil Spill Response will meet later this week to validate the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan. The Department of the Environment (DOE) intends to update and align the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan of Belize to meet international standards. The overall objective is to strengthen prevention, preparedness and coordinated emergency response for an oil spill event in terrestrial, aquatic and marine environment, while complying with the Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation. As part of the final phase in this Consultancy, the DOE is hosting a two day workshop in Belize City to conduct a technical validation of the updated National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.  The updating of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan is part of the DOE’s commitment to the protection of our environment, pollution control, and disaster management response.  It is part of the Government of Belize’s commitment to ensure the safety and security of Belizeans, their environment and livelihoods.