Environmental capacity building


Cooperating institution
World Bank

Goals and objectives
Determination of social and environmental impacts from the development of petroleum operations, and evaluation of the magnitude of these impacts caused by to the growth in exploration and production of hydrocarbons, particularly in offshore areas.

Project period

Total budget
USD 392 000

The programme includes, among other things, assistance in drafting the legal and regulatory framework as well as a training programme for the staff of relevant Mauritanian institutions.

Civil society support
OfD supports a programme carried out by the Norwegian Church Aid to reinforce “Publish What You Pay” in Mauritania. The main objective is to reduce poverty through transparent and just management of the petroleum resources. Total budget in 2009: NOK 815 000.

Oil for Development:
Mr. Trond Hjørungdal,


Country facts


Official Name
Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Capital Nouakchott Chi ef of stat e Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Head of Gov ernment Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf Populatio n 3 129 486 (2009 est.) Petrol eum sector , key figur es Average oil production: 12 830 bbl/day (2008) No gas production (2009) Orga nizatio n of th e sector Ministry of Oil and Energy


Brief history of the project

A Norwegian delegation representing Norwegian authorities was on a fact finding mission in Mauritania in 2006. Based on the recommendation from this mission OfD chose to channel its support through the World Bank starting in 2007.

OfD cooperates very closely with the World Bank in Mauritania, and in 2008 all activities were channelled via the Petroleum Governance Initiative in conjunction with the World Bank. By August 2008, the World Bank had earmarked USD 392 000, financed by Norway, for this work in the following two years.

As a consequence of the military coup in Mauritania in August 2008, the Norwegian government, as most other donors, stopped all cooperation with the authorities in Mauritania.


Activities in 2009

After the election in Mauritania in July 2009, Norway decided late December 2009 to resume the cooperation.


Key achievements in 2009

No programme activities were carried out in 2009.