BMI Conducts Certification Course for SCAT Monitoring and Verification of Bodo Cleanup

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The internationally accepted Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) process is actively used during the Bodo oil spill cleanup project.

On 4 March 2020, the Project Director of the Bodo Mediation Initiative (BMI), Dr. Erich Gundlach provided a SCAT training and certification course on how to effectively monitor and verify the ongoing Bodo Cleanup Project.

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Participants were drawn from both new and old members of the operating SCAT teams, including representatives of federal and state government regulatory agencies, the Bodo Community, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and university guests.

The training was centered on the origin of the SCAT process and international best practice applied to monitor various phases of the cleanup process. The program featured theory and practical sessions that enabled participants to simulate potential experiences as encountered during the routine field monitoring exercise. In addition, the BMI chairman, Inemo Samiama took participants through the history of the BMI and the Bodo cleanup Project. He also reiterated the resolve of the BMI to continually mediate for the successful remediation of the Bodo creek, which is the objective of the Initiative first set up by the Dutch Embassy in 2013. The Chairman finally called on the SCAT team members to put forth their best to ensure the project is successful.

The SCAT team is now equipped with the necessary information for their role in the Bodo Phase 2 cleanup project. A certificate of training is being issued to all participants.

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