Bissau: the PRCM hone skills of state and non-state actors extractive mining

From 25 to 28 November 2020, the PRCM, with the financial support of the MAVA Foundation, organised a training session on “Environmental management of offshore oil and gas activities” that took place in the IBP’s auditorium in Bissau and was meant for national, governmental and non-governmental institutions. About thirty participants were in attendance.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Director General of IBAP, Dr Justino BIAI, representing the Minister of Environment of Guinea-Bissau. Taking the floor, Dr BIAI underscored the importance of the sound management of natural resources which provide livelihoods to thousands of people living along the coast in Bissau.

The opening ceremony was followed by working sessions, which were structured around five modules.

At the end of the training, participants expressed their satisfaction with the quality of the content, particularly the presentations and the discussions that ensued.

It should be reminded that the training came within the framework of the COBIA Initiative, which seeks to “reinforce capacities and raise the awareness of players involved in oil and gas exploration and exploitation” in four countries in the sub region, being Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone.