Brazil has one of the largest oil activities in the world. To prevent disasters caused by the oil spills, the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the Sectoral Dialogue Program, debate the issue in a Brazil-EU seminar on National Contingency Plans for Oil Pollution Incidents. The three-day event started on September 29 at the headquarters of IBAMA in Brasilia.
The debate is part of the Sectoral Dialogue Program and aims to discuss and strengthen the National Contingency Plans for Oil Pollution Incidents, as well as to disseminate the experiences of EU countries with respect to the combat, contingencies and preventive monitoring of the oil spills.
“By providing this discussion platform we are creating conditions for closer, detailed and deep cooperation,” said the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, at the opening ceremony. He also said that the Sectoral Dialogue provides an initial part of prospecting opportunities between Brazil and the European Union that will open channels and establish the first conversation to a more open relationship. “There are opportunities for learning, the National Contingency Plan is a challenge, so we have much to learn from our partners,” he added.
European experts will further disseminate information to the partners, showing what is most advanced in the matter of oil spill monitoring around the world and how European countries are dealing with possible contingencies.
The learning from public policies depends on the international dialogue to address the challenges of having a structured planning and create a National Contingency Plan based on international best practices and conditions in which the agencies in charge of making the fight have support to perform an efficient job.
Luciano Evaristo, the Director of Environmental Protection of IBAMA, talked about the expectations regarding the outcome of the debate. “Hopefully a new vision would come out here,” he said. “A proposal for improving the National Contingency Plan, setting an intervention planning on the issue of oil spill, which provides real conditions that today we are not yet seeing within our decree.”