Cooperative meeting with Royal Dutch Shell, 23 March 2016, The Hague
Royal Dutch Shell – is a multinational Oil and Gas Company. It is the seventh (7th) largest company in the world. It has operations in over 90 countries, produces around 3.1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, and has 44,000 service stations worldwide.
On 23 March 2016, the International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM) has met with the representative of the Environmental Department of Royal Dutch Shell in its Global Headquarters in The Hague.
During the informal lunch many possibilities of mutual cooperation were discussed, as the importance of the underwater munitions, and their potential impact on the industry is imminent.
The founder of the IDUM, Mr. Terrance Long, has emphasized, “Munitions can be found in major quantities in every ocean in the world. They can be found from a reservoir in Jakarta, Indonesia to the pristine lakes of the Swiss Alps at the foot of the Edger to the Great Lakes of North America. In addition to those dumped at sea, a vast number of munitions have been abandoned in rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and inland waterways. Former inland sites remain largely unrecognized, and are today found near many populated areas. In some cases, they share the same waters used by communities for human consumption and irrigation purposes.”
During the meeting was discussed: the importance of underwater munitions for private industries and companies. Private companies, among others, should be one of the most important supporters of the cleanup of the underwater munitions, as the connection can produce a lot of benefits. Besides leaving better seas and oceans for the next generations, and improving the state of the marine environment, it means more jobs, more opportunities, more economic and financial benefits, more efficient work of the industries, and many other great opportunities that come with the clean environment.
IDUM always takes actions, and having organized already five (5) International Dialogues, proposed a possibility of organizing the next dialogue in The Hague, in cooperation with Royal Dutch Shell. The development work on cooperative projects is to be continued.