01/12/2014 Environmental Sensitivity Maps for Jordanian Coasts

Within its efforts to develop a regional contingency plan, PERSGA held a national training workshop in Aqaba, The workshop has been organized by PERSGA in cooperation with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA), and aimed to raise the capacity of the trainees on creating environmental sensitivity maps as a major step in preparing a national oil spill contingency plan in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. 

The two days national training workshop has been held over two days 2-3 December 2014, in the main training hall in Aqaba Marine Park and was attended by 17 participants from various parties including (Aqaba Port, Prince Hamza Marine Pollution Combating Center, Aqaba Special Economic zone, Royal Marine Forces, Phosphate Company, Electric National Company, Aqaba Water Company, Jordanian Marine Authority, and many other institutes). 

Over two days the participants has been trained on the advanced methods of data gathering during field survey and filling up standard forms and preparing it to be fed into the Geographic  Information System, in addition to a detailed explanation of the Environmental Sensitivity Index of coastal shorelines. Moreover many oil spill scenarios have been implemented using the advanced trajectory model aiming to simulate the fate of oil pollution in the coasts of Aqaba Gulf marine environment. 

The workshop has been concluded to many recommendations that emphasized on preparing integrated risk assessment study to evaluate the potential sources of pollution and the environmentally sensitive areas on the Jordanian coasts. 

After completing the training and gathering the workshop evaluation sheets, all participants has been awarded the certification of attendance. 

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden