G20 Global Marine Environment Protection (GMEP) Initiative

On Sharing Best Practices to Protect the Marine Environment, to Prevent Accidents related to Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Development, as well as Marine Transportation, and to Deal with Their Consequences


Whereas France owns the second largest exclusive economic zone in the world, hydrocarbon offshore drilling activities remain seldom within the territories under French jurisdiction. Nevertheless, this territory could potentially offer significant resources. Drilling prospects currently undertaken offshore French Guyana illustrates the interest shown by industry for this under investigated potential. The French administration regulates these activities with particular care for operations’ safety and environmental protection.

  • Accident Prevention

    Included here are descriptions of frameworks, regulations, guidelines and practices that the different G20 countries have found helpful in preventing, preparing for and dealing with the consequences of offshore oil and gas accidents.

  • Oil Spill Response

    Material covering the regulatory, operational and environmental context of managing a marine oil spill. Includes material on capping devices and industry mutual response.

  • Human Factors

    Best practices relating to human behaviours, culture and training and their criticality to protecting the marine environment.

  • Environmental Protection

    Covering best practices approaches to the understanding of the marine environment and for planning oil and gas projects and activities in a manner that eliminates or mitigates their impact on the environment.


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