NAMIRS: Successful completion of transnational anti-pollution exercise in Northern Adriatic
On November 20 in Trieste, the Maritime Directorate, in partnership with Slovenian and Croatian entities, successfully concluded a transnational anti-pollution exercise in the Northern Adriatic.
This exercise, part of the EU-funded NAMIRS project, showcased enhanced cooperation among Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia in responding to marine pollution incidents. The scenario, based on a risk analysis, focused on the Gulf of Trieste, identified as a high-risk area for collision and pollution.
Coast Guard and firefighting teams tested communication and operational protocols to improve response efficiency to potential hydrocarbon spills. Distinguished attendees included Italy's Deputy Minister of the Environment and notable local authorities. Secretary-General Roberto Antonione highlighted the exercise's significance in demonstrating the need for cross-border collaboration to safeguard the Adriatic. The exercise underscored the crucial role of collaborative efforts in addressing environmental crises and mitigating their impact.
The NAMIRS project will last two years, from March 2022 until February 2024, and is co-financed by the European Commission, DG ECHO, in the framework of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism. As such, it is for the very first time in the history of EUSAIR, that additional funds are being obtained for the implementation of the macro-regional strategic project at the EUSAIR level, while the project can be also implemented in the other Adriatic-Ionian countries.
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