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US holds marine damage safety workshop

The sponsors of the workshop and the participants.
The sponsors of the workshop and the participants.

On June 6, the United States, in coordination with the Sri Lankan Navy, the Sri Lankan Coast Guard and 12 other Sri Lankan agencies responsible for environmental conservation and disaster response, launched a US-funded Oil Spill Response Workshop and Exercise.

This five-day workshop aims to strengthen Sri Lanka’s ability to respond to oil spills and other maritime accidents. It will include trainings on how to respond to disasters at sea quickly and effectively, how to measure and minimise environmental damage from oil spills, and how to keep first responders safe during disaster response operations.

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung said that the World Environment Day was celebrated yesterday and this workshop is just one example of US ongoing commitment to environmental conservation in Sri Lanka. “By working closely with Sri Lankan partners in government and civil society, we aim to bolster Sri Lanka’s disaster response and environmental management capacity by providing local organisations with resources and skills they need to keep marine ecosystems pristine,” she said.

This workshop is in addition to a previous US-funded training that was organised in response to the X-Press Pearl fire in May 2021, one of the worst environmental disasters in Sri Lankan history. Oil Spill response is just one sector of US Indo-Pacific Command’s Environmental Security Programme, which is funding this workshop. Other areas of expertise include illegal fishing mitigation, coastal zone management, and biodiversity conservation.

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