Cooperation with Oil Spill Response LTD (OSRL)
In October 2005, Sea Alarm embarked on a long term programme with Oil Spill Response (OSRL) to further the development of global oiled wildlife response capabilities. This joint initiative has enabled both parties to benefit from each other’s expertise and experience, and has also provided essential funding for the continuation of Sea Alarm’s work.
Please see our Oil Spill Response page for detailed information on the programme components.
Support from the Maritime Industry
Sea Alarm was honoured to be one of the beneficiaries of the first edition of the independent bike ride Tour Pour La Mer in 2006, a fundraising event organised by the maritime industry.
The total donation from the event, over €80,000, was set aside exclusively for developing preparedness in Europe, resulting in the creation of the Sea Alarm Development and Emergency Fund. The Fund has been used to support several activities, including granting individual scholarships and travel bursaries, and covering intervention costs.
European Commission Grants
Sea Alarm has been involved in the following projects co-funded by the European Commission:
The 2006 initiative to develop a European Oiled Wildlife Response Plan, co-financed by the European Commission. The initiative was comprised of three separate projects, each with a corresponding workshop and resulted in the production of the Handbook on Oiled Bird Rehabilitation, the Handbook on Impact assessment, and the website Oiledwildlife.eu.
The Reducing the Impact of Oil Spills (RIOS) Project, which was started in 2007, with the aim of developing an action plan for future research in the area of rehabilitation of oiled animals and to stimulate contacts and future cooperation. Sea Alarm is one of three consortium members of the RIOS Project.
In 2009 Sea Alarm received an NGO Operating Grant from the European Commission. The grant allowed Sea Alarm to start the EMPOWER initiative and to carry out many activities to increase Europe’s preparedness to oiled wildlife responses.
The project on Preparedness for Oil-polluted Shoreline clean-up and Oiled Wildlife interventions (POSOW), was carried out in 2012-13 and co-financed by the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism Financial Instrument. The project developed a range of manuals and training packages for volunteers, of which one package was focussed on basic training for oiled wildlife response volunteers.
In 2015-16, Sea Alarm coordinated the European Oiled Wildlife Response Assistance Module project (EUROWA), co-financed by the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism Financial Instrument. The EUROWA project was designed to create a team of European oiled wildlife response experts and equipment which can be mobilised by European authorities to provide international assistance to a local response system. EUROWA replaces the earlier EMPOWER initiative.
In 2021-22, Sea Alarm coordinated the EUROWA-2 project, co-financed by the European Union Civil Protection. EUROWA-2 is building on the results of the first EUROWA project by strengthening the capability of EUROWA as a mutual assistance system and improving preparedness in Europe for marine wildlife emergencies. The project delivered new training courses, new educational tools for authorities and incorporates a sea turtle branch into the EUROWA framework.
Consultancies form an important source of Sea Alarm’s income. Our expertise is often called upon by oil companies, governmental agencies, private organisations, or NGOs. The work normally includes provision or facilitation of training courses, the development of an integrated oiled wildlife response plan, the design and facilitation of oiled wildlife exercises, or the coordination of national preparedness activities. It is not unusual that Sea Alarm sometimes charges only for travel and subsistence costs or nothing at all, depending on budgets that interested parties have available. If budgets are available, Sea Alarm can earn additional income that can be used to invest into activities that would otherwise not be funded and not happen. For instance, it allows Sea Alarm to fund the meetings of wildlife response experts and expert groups, support the work of NGOs in different countries, attend international meetings of Governments (e.g. meetings under regional agreements such as HELCOM, Bonn Agreement, Barcelona Convention) and assist with developing national and international preparedness and capacity building.
Clients and supporters
Since its establishment, the following organisations have provided funding for Sea Alarm’s activities in the form of grants for projects or paid consultancies:
- Canadian Wildlife Service
- Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries
- Dutch North Sea Directorate
- HRH Prince Bernhard
- ING Bank
- International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Funds
- International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)
- IPIECA-OGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers)
- International Tanker Owner Pollution Federation (ITOPF)
- International Group of P&I Clubs
- Irish Coast Guard
- London Steamship Mutual
- North Caspian Production and Operating Company
- Oil Spill Response (OSRL)
- Province of West-Flanders, Belgium
- Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands
- Saudi Aramco
- States of Guernsey
- Stichting DOEN
- Tullow Oil
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)