On 5 October, RSK Tanzania hosted the first East African NICOLA-Connect event in Dar es Salaam. The networking event organised by the Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Africa (NICOLA) gathered industry leaders from across Tanzania, all representing diverse fields and services across mining, oil and gas, consulting, contracting and local government.
NICOLA-Connect provides an important opportunity for the network to promote cooperation between industry and other sectors, including mining, academia, regulators and service providers in the East Africa region. The event initiated a solid platform to proactively empower the African contaminated land management sector to identify, assess and manage contaminated land within a science-based, sustainable and best practice framework.
RSK group has been a member of NICOLA since 2019 and has actively participated in its events through sponsorship, presenting papers, hosting webinars and participating in working groups. The NICOLA-Connect event provides a social and technical platform for members of the network and professionals interested in contaminated land, or associated fields, to meet in a casual setting. During the event, attendees learned more about the organisation’s activities and how NICOLA is advancing the management of contaminated land, but also the goals and objectives of the organisation, which include further expansion into the African market. The event provided an opportunity for colleagues at RSK Tanzania to present and share information about in-country services with clients and industry professionals.
Mr Johan Kriek, Treasurer of NICOLA and Technical Advisor at RSK GCS in South Africa, gave a brief presentation on NICOLA to provide more information on what the network stands for and aims to achieve.
“At NICOLA, we are very excited to have our first Connect event outside the borders of South Africa! We look forward to further expanding the impact that the network can bring to the management of contaminated land in the African context. With the help of our NICOLA ambassadors in Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria, we trust that the management of soil and groundwater liabilities will receive the additional attention it requires,” Johan commented on the event’s success.