HE the Minister of Environment and Tourism of the Red Sea State, Republic of Sudan welcomed in his office on Monday April 30th 2012 a delegation from PERSGA during their official mission to Port Sudan. The delegation joining Dr. Mohammad Badran, Mr. Bashar al Bataineh and Mr. Mohammad Osman spent three days in Port Sudan to conduct activities in the UP POPs project and the onground project of supporting the monitoring environmental program of the Sudanese coast.
The meeting with HE the Minister witnesses the Minister’s welcome of the delegation, where he expressed his appreciation of PERSGA activities and achievements in the State and the great cooperation and support PERSGA provides in Protecting the Coastal and Marine Environment. Head of PERSGA delegation Dr. Mohammad Badran, briefed HE about the mission. He also reviewed the progress in the implementation of the projects at the regional level in general and the national level in Sudan in particular. Focus was then redirected to the regional project "Promotion of Strategies to reduce emissions of UP-POPs in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden" and its objectives. He also reviewed the achievements and progress during the previous stages of the project; including the mission of a team of international experts to specific locations to conduct an assessment study of the technology used in these sites suggesting ways to develop these technologies using BAT/BEP. They also discussed the next steps in the project and the mechanism of implementation, since the project has reached its final stages, and the closing workshop is approaching, which will be held on 10, 11 June 2012 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
In addition PERSGA delegation explained that PERSGA is preparing for a new project in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on ship disassembling and recycling, and the resulting POPs emissions in such processes. The idea of this project came from Southeast Asia, where this type of industry is common. The objective of the project if implemented in our region would be preparedness with suitable environmental tools in case such investment is comes to the region
His Excellency the Minister mentioned that there are many ideas and future plans in the of the Red Sea State that are in need for support. He emphasized the readiness of the Ministry for collaboration with PERSGA in various fields for the implementation of the plans and proposed on the ground projects. He added that there is an ambitious plan to clean up the coast of Port Sudan city of solid waste. He also spoke about the problems of illegal fishing and over-fishing within the territorial waters of Sudan, in addition to the problem of shark fishing, and emphasized the importance of cooperation in putting solutions to these problems.
The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden