Bridging regional cooperation through full implementation of OPRC GISEA supports the integration of the mechanism for regional cooperation on oil spill preparedness and response into national and sub-regional arrangements, aligned to the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC). Learn about oil spill preparedness and response in Southeast Asia 1
Building capacity through Government-Industry partnership GISEA strengthens the regional oil spill preparedness and response capability in Southeast Asia by assisting in the development of national capacities, through government and industry cooperation. Learn about the Global Initiative and GISEA 1
Enabling effective implementation through training and exercises GISEA supports, and facilitates, regular training and exercises of key stakeholders in oil spill preparedness and response, to promote internationally recognised good practice and enable continual improvements. Learn about the work of GISEA 1
Bridging regional cooperation through full implementation of OPRC
GISEA supports the integration of the mechanism for regional cooperation on oil spill preparedness and response into national and sub-regional arrangements, aligned to the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC).
Launched in 1996, the Global Initiative (GI) is an umbrella programme under which governments, through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the oil industry, through IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association to advance environmental and social performance, work together to assist countries in developing national structures and capability for oil spill preparedness and response.

Through the government-industry cooperation, GI seeks to:

1) support national and regional implementation of the OPRC, the conventions relating to liability and compensation - namely, the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, CLC 92, and International Fund for Compensation of Oil Pollution Damage, FUND 92 -, and other instruments relating to national and regional oil spill preparedness, response and cooperation; and

2) enhance oil spill preparedness and response capacity through the mobilisation of external assistance and industry support at the national and regional levels.

Please click on the latest articles to read what GISEA has been up to.  Articles on activities from past years can be found in the archive.

Regional Information
Geographically, Southeast Asia lies between the Indian and Pacific Oceans - south of China, east of India, west of Papua New Guinea, and north of Australia.

Politically, Southeast Asia consists eleven sovereign states. These are: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. Ten of these countries are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with Timor-Leste as an observer. The region ranks among the fastest growing areas of the world economically, which largely accounts for its current international significance.

The level of oil spill preparedness and response capability varies across different ASEAN Member States; this is summarised below. See the tabs on individual countries for more information. 

A summary of international conventions ratified by ASEAN Member States is shown in the table below:

ASEAN Member StateOPRC 90
CLC 92
Brunei DarussalamNoYes
Viet NamNoYesNoYesNo
State of oil spill preparedness in ASEAN Member States (breakdown by numbers) Click to view image

A snapshot of relevant plans and policies in the national frameworks of ASEAN Member States further illustrates the varied state of preparedness across the region and highlights opportunities for improvement.

The latest news on oil spill preparedness and response activities involving national authorities in the region, GISEA, IPIECA, the IMO and relevant organisations are shared on this page.

Archived news articles can be filtered by year of publication/ release. 

Impact of COVID-19 to GISEA: Advisory from the IMO and Message from Industry Chair

Following the decision taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, 11 Mar 2020, to recognise COVID-19 as a Pandemic, and in view of the increasing number of cases worldwide, the IMO has decided to postpone future meetings. In this context, as a precautionary measure, it was also decided to postpone missions and technical cooperation activities abroad until further notice in the best interest of the participants, experts and host countries.

In addition the above advisory, please find below, a message from the Industry Chairperson of the GISEA Steering Committee: 

Events arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic have placed us in unprecedented times, and fundamentally affect the work we do. Government instruction and border controls to protect ourselves, and our fellow citizens, have imposed huge but necessary restrictions on many of us.

Within GISEA, we make no distinction between our concern for the health and safety of our beneficiary countries in the ASEAN Region, that of our coordination team, and that of society at large. In this context, as a precautionary measure, and in alignment with United Nations guidelines, we have postponed all physical meetings and activities in the region until further notice. This is in everyone’s best interests.

Despite the uncertainty, we will continue our work, for the benefit of the ASEAN Region, our members and partners. While all face-to-face meetings have been postponed, the team continues to operate remotely from Singapore, and maintains digital contact with in-country focal points, industry members, the IMO, IPIECA, and related professionals. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for your continued support to GI SEA, to enable the Project to safely deliver the technical cooperation programme during these challenging times. As the situation further develops, we will endeavour to keep you updated.

I wish you and your families good health and best wishes for the challenging months ahead.

GISEA will continue to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 and provide updates to the National and Industrial Focal Points, where appropriate. 

(Image source: CDC)

In a Joint-Communiqué to national authorities, the IMO and IPIECA, as the principals underpinning the Global Initiative (GI) Programme, reaffirmed their commitment to support countries to remain prepared for marine pollution incidents during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

The IMO and IPIECA continue to engage with the international preparedness and response community, and encourage Member States and stakeholders to keep abreast of the latest COVID-19 guidance provided on the IMO website

Possible options to continue providing capacity building and technical assistance in preparedness and response are being explored; notably, the GI (Global Initiative) and other Regional Programmes which encourage the implementation of the OPRC, are adapting their approach to provide remote assistance. Through communication technology and innovative delivery solutions, the GI Projects seek to share relevant and trustworthy information, and pursue the implementation of technical cooperation where possible.

The IMO and IPIECA therefore encourage Member States and stakeholders, where they have capacity to do so, to engage with the GI Projects and other relevant Regional Programmes, to seek assistance to prepare for a possible spill response during this pandemic, or help sustain capacity building efforts. 

Technical Resources
GISEA works in partnership with various international organisations, to deliver its message on effective and efficient oil spill preparedness and response through government and industry cooperation. This section provides useful information and links to technical resources produced by its partner organisations.

Please refer to their respective websites for the terms and conditions on the use of such information in your organisation or activity. 
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