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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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  Technical discussion day at ITOPF

  • March 21, 2016
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ITOPF staff work through a tabletop oiled wildlife response exercise with Sea Alarm

In January, Sea Alarm visited the International Tanker Owners Oil Pollution Federation (ITOPF) in London for a full day of oiled wildlife response discussions with the members of ITOPF’s team.

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EUROWA equipment inspection and exercise

  • November 25, 2015

Eurowa.equipment exerciseIn October Sea Alarm and partner organisation Pro-Bird co-hosted a wildlife response equipment exercise in Hamburg, Germany to review an existing stockpile of equipment, practice mobilising it, and make recommendations for improvements.

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European Oiled Wildlife Response Expert meeting and exercises in Germany

  • December 22, 2014

A very productive three-day meeting of representatives from leading European wildlife response organisations included review of the response management guidelines that Sea Alarm helped to produce. Experts from the UK, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Spain, The Republic of Ireland, and the Netherlands attended the meeting, as well as observers from ITOPF and OSRL.

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Sea Alarm continues work with Dutch oiled wildlife responders

  • December 19, 2014

In October, Hugo Nijkamp attended and chaired the board meeting of Oiled Bird Rehabilitation Netherlands (Stichting Olievogelopvang Nederland-SON). Sea Alarm is advising and assisting SON in firming up its coordinating role in preparedness and response activities in the Netherlands.

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Oiled wildlife response proposal presented to the European Commission’s DG-ECHO

  • February 6, 2014

In November, Hugo Nijkamp of Sea Alarm attended a meeting at the brand new European Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) in Brussels.

The meeting aimed to inform the European marine pollution community about the European Union’s new Civil Protection Mechanism, including related opportunities for European co-funding of projects and activities.

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Brussels workshop discusses global system for oiled wildlife response

  • February 6, 2014

Ten 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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European oiled wildlife response team meets in Ostend

  • February 6, 2014

The WRC Ostend hosted the last 2013 meeting of the European oiled wildlife response team from 19-21 November. At the meeting, the Joint European Protocol for Seabird Rehabilitation, which is in final preparation for printing, was reviewed in detail.

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HELCOM 2013 agrees to develop wildlife plans by 2016

  • November 25, 2013

Helcom logoHaving just reported that HELCOM Response was recommending stronger oiled wildlife response targets, Sea Alarm is pleased to note that on 3 October, the 2013 Copenhagen Ministerial Meeting of HELCOM, the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission, has agreed on those targets.

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