- Background Information
- Response Options
- Environmental considerations
- Responder Health and Safety
- Capacity Building
- Hands-on training
- EU Sponsored Projects
European Oiled Wildlife Response Planning
The overall objective of the “European Oiled Wildlife Response Planning” project was to initiate the exchange of information and experiences between Member States in order to develop a set of tools and a draft international response plan by which Member States, individually and/or jointly, could achieve a higher state of preparedness for oiled wildlife incidents.
A preliminary assessment was conducted at the start of the project in order to gain a clear idea of the existing infrastructure, views and needs of Member States. Data was obtained through the project partners and appointed individuals served as national contact points throughout the process. A series of discussion documents was produced. This was followed by a European Oiled Wildlife Response Planning workshop, led by Sea Alarm, which took place on 12-15 June 2006 at the Centre de Documentation, de Recherche et d'Expérimentations sur les Pollutions Accidentelles des Eaux (Cedre) in Brest, France.
The workshop provided a unique opportunity to bring together authorities from European coastal states to discuss the lessons learnt from past oiled wildlife incidents and to explore national and international solutions for effective preparedness to future incidents in Europe. Representatives from 14 countries attended the workshop, including authorities responsible for oil spill management and animal welfare issues and recognised NGOs.
One of the main conclusions of the workshop was that the level of preparedness in Europe could be improved. A number of activities, such as making effective pre-spill arrangements at national levels, were identified and listed as recommendations. Based on the outcomes of this workshop and the two co-funded projects's work, a European oiled wildlife response plan was drafted.
Although called a response plan, it is in reality, a strategy that identifies opportunities and lists a number of objectives and activities that that could be adopted and carried out at different national (including sub-national), regional and international (European or global) levels.
While not a formal European strategy, the document was presented to national governments and at each relevant international platform (e.g. European Commission, Helsinki Convention, Bonn Agreement, Barcelona Convention, Copenhagen Agreement). The plan also incorporates the findings from the impact assessment and rehabilitation projects described in this section, identifying the need for proper planning to implement these activities effectively and according to best practices.
- Sea Alarm (lead)
- Centre de Documentation, de Recherche et d'Expérimentations sur les Pollutions Accidentelles des Eaux (CEDRE)
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
- Istituto centrale per la ricerca scientifica e tecnologica applicata al mare (ICRAM)
- Finnish Environment Institute (SKYE)
- International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF)
- Oil Spill Response
Duration: February 2006 - August 2007
- A better understanding of the different views, experience and capacities of Member States;
- Development of a common language and understanding of the specific problems associated with an oiled wildlife incident by delegates from competent authorities, industry and NGOs across Europe.
- Identification of existing international documentation on preparedness, response capacity, planning and strategy, scientific activities, etc. Where possible this information was brought together and made accessible through this website.
- Development of a European Oiled Wildlife Response Plan that facilitates the quick sourcing and deployment of expertise, equipment and other resources in the case of future oil spill emergencies.