Plans for a Transition Phase, which would help ensure a seamless transition from UNEP’s environmental assessment to the clean-up of oil contamination, were presented to a meeting of the Presidential Implementation Committee in Abuja in February 2011.

The United Nations prepared a Transition Phase proposal at the request of the Presidential Implementation Committee. The Transition Phase would include steps such as preparing clean-up plans and detailed designs; the preparation of bidding documents; seeking agreement between key partners on legal and financial matters; and consultations with key stakeholders.

Also recommended in the proposal are the identification of sites for potential treatment centres in Ogoniland, the design of monitoring programmes and regimes, and of laboratory procedures and protocols.