• Overview

On 30 July at 13:30 CEST/GMT+2 (Geneva time), UN Environment will be hosting a webinar on Undertaking Oil-Contaminated Site Assessments (register here). This Executive Webinar introduces the goals and procedures for oil-contaminated site assessments (CSA), identifying and describing the properties and weathering of oil in different environments, the types and sources of contamination, and potential impacts to the environment and socio-economic setting. Also covered are the key steps in planning and conducting contaminated site assessments including the sample analysis and interpretation, the principles of risk assessment as a basis for guiding remediation planning. The webinar will discuss best international practice and common weaknesses and, short-comings of CSAs. Country examples, including from oil-contaminated site assessments undertaken in Iraq, will be presented. There will also be live a discussion with oil and gas industry experts. Upon completion of the webinar and short assessment, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. Follow this link to register for the webinar.


  • Dr. Matthew Richmond

Matthew is a marine scientist with over 18 years working on environment issues associated with the oil and gas sector, from monitoring the seabed in the Irish Sea, the Arabian Gulf, and East Africa. He has also conducted ESIA training and contributed to ESIA Guidelines for the sector in Tanzania, and recently led an evaluation of government capacity to address oil and gas development challenges in Mozambique.

  • To be determined

A senior technical officer from the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment will join the event and share their experience and expertise.


  • Ms. Marisol Estrella

Marisol is the coordinator for the UN Environment – Oil for Development (OfD) Partnership, where she supports on capacity building under the Environment Pillar of the OfD Programme.


This event is organized by UN Environment, who works in partnership with the Government of Norway’s Oil for Development Programme. While the long-term goal of UN Environment is to reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels to fight climate change, we also recognize that oil and gas will remain part of the global energy mix in the foreseeable future. Therefore, UN Environment’s work in this sector is to ensure that oil and gas development mitigate environmental risks and do not impact negatively on local communities.


Don’t miss this Executive Webinar! Follow this link to register.

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