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News from the Field


Fieldwork data

The fieldwork for UNEP’s environmental assessment is ongoing and regular updates are keeping stakeholders informed of progress.

UNEP’s environmental assessment represents an unprecedented effort to examine the extent, nature and implications of oil contamination in Ogoniland, and options for remediation.  The project is complex and UNEP’s fieldwork is varied.  It is divided into five technical sectors: contaminated land; aquatic life; agriculture and forestry; public health; and socio-economic.

UNEP is assessing hundreds of impacted sites in the Ogoni region based on information provided by Nigeria's National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Environment, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and satellite imagery.  Importantly, this list of sites is being supplemented on an ongoing basis with information received directly from local residents. See also Assessment Methodology.

Project updates

Please click on the links below to access the UNEP in Ogoniland monthly newsletters:

April 2011 project newsletter
March 2011 project newsletter
February 2011 project newsletter
December 2010-January 2011 project newsletter
November 2010 project newsletter
October 2010 project newsletter
September 2010 project newsletter
August 2010 project newsletter

Please click on the links below to access Field Updates:

Field Update 1: UNEP opens project office in Port Harcourt, October 2009
Field Update 2: Governor of Rivers State launches environmental assessment, November 2009
Field Update 3: Presidential Implementation Committee of Ogoniland project, February 2010
Field Update 4: Khana and Tai town hall meetings, February 2010
Field Update 5: Gokana town hall meeting, March 2010
Field Update 6: UNEP commences scientific sampling of oil contaminated sites, May 2010
Field Update 7: Community Consultation Committee inaugural meeting, May 2010
Field Update 8: Sampling orientation programme for Rivers State University students, June 2010

Fieldwork information is also available in the form of photographs and videos. See MultiMedia.