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Sea Alarm’s first 20 years: We are stronger together (Part 2)

  • August 19, 2020

In our last 20-year anniversary article (Part 1) we introduced the importance of networking, the role Sea Alarm has had in initiating and coordinating NGO Response networks and reviewed the history of the European Network EUROWA. In Part 2, we continue the story, presenting the work of the Global Oiled Wildlife Response System (GOWRS) and some closing words on the significance of these networks, which leave the world better prepared for oiled wildlife response.

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Putting international collaboration to the test

  • May 11, 2017
GOWRS Table-top Exercise - Facility plan development
GOWRS Table-top Exercise – Facility plan development

Phase two of the Global Oiled Wildlife Response System (GOWRS) project recently kicked off in Belgium providing another two years in which to further the objective of developing and improving international cooperation and preparedness for oiled wildlife incidents.

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Paving the way for international oiled wildlife response assistance

  • October 31, 2016
The JIP20 GOWRS Steering Group (from left to right, Claude Velter - Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend, Charlie Hebert - Focus Wildlife International, Sascha Regmann - PRO Bird, Dr. Heidi Stout - Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc., Paul Kelway - Sea Alarm Foundation, Dr. Valeria Ruoppolo - Aiuká, Dr. Stephen van der Spuy - SANCCOB, Barbara Callahan - International Bird Rescue, Dr. Mike Ziccardi - UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, Louise Chilvers – Wildbase, Massey University and Adam Grogan - RSPCA) joined by Lisa Smith, Executive Director of Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc. (far right) and Danene Birtell, Tri-State’s Oil Programs Manager (6th from right).
The GOWRS Steering Group (from left to right, Claude Velter – Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend, Charlie Hebert – Focus Wildlife International, Sascha Regmann – PRO Bird, Dr. Heidi Stout – Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc., Paul Kelway – Sea Alarm Foundation, Dr. Valeria Ruoppolo – Aiuká, Dr. Stephen van der Spuy – SANCCOB, Barbara Callahan – International Bird Rescue, Dr. Mike Ziccardi – UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, Louise Chilvers – Wildbase, Massey University and Adam Grogan – RSPCA) joined by Lisa Smith, Executive Director of Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc. (far right) and Danene Birtell, Tri-State’s Oil Programs Manager (6th from right).

The third meeting of experts involved in the Global Oiled Wildlife Response System (GOWRS) project took place last month in Delaware, USA.

The project– a two-year initiative funded by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) as part of the Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project (OSR-JIP) – aims to design an international system for oiled wildlife response expertise that can be mobilized for assistance in complex oiled wildlife scenarios.

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Second meeting of global wildlife response project takes place in Brazil

  • March 24, 2016
The JIP20 team was joined by Aiuká staff and other Brazilian stakeholders
The JIP20 team, pictured with Aiuká staff and other Brazilian stakeholders

The second in-person meeting of ‘JIP20’, an oil-industry-funded project to develop a system for mobilising international oiled wildlife response resources, was held in Brazil in February. Aiuká, one of the participating organisations, hosted the meeting at their oiled wildlife response facility in Praia Grande, near Santos.

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Brussels workshop discusses global system for oiled wildlife response

  • February 6, 2014

GOWRS.standing2013Ten leading oiled wildlife response organisations from around the globe, all with significant histories of international oil spill response, attended a workshop in Brussels in October 2013. The meeting, organized by Sea Alarm and sponsored by the Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project (OSR-JIP), furthered cooperative efforts begun at Interspill 2012.

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