|Countries invited||Angola, Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, The Gambia, Togo|
|Length in Minutes (approx)||60|
GI WACAF webinar series on oil spill preparedness and response continues with a fourth episode dedicated to wildlife response in case of an oil spill. For this webinar, leading international experts from Sea Alarm and SANCCOB will share their experience through case studies, and present the oiled wildlife response objectives and management, as well as the importance of including a dedicated policy in the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP).
At the end of this 1-hour webinar, participants should be able to:
- Get an overview of the key concepts and solutions in oiled wildlife response preparedness;
- Gain an understanding of the various techniques, policies and operating procedures to protect and restore oiled wildlife; and
- Gain knowledge of the importance of a clear oiled wildlife preparedness plan.
Did you miss it? Watch the replay below or on our Youtube channel !
Download all webinar-related documents:
- Webinar programme
- Presentation on the GI WACAF Project (GI WACAF)
- Overview of oiled wildlife response (Sea Alarm)
- Presentation on wildlife preparedness and response challenges in Africa: a case study of Namibia and South Africa (SANCCOB)
- GI WACAF concept note
- IPIECA IOGP key principles for the protection, care and rehabilitation of oiled wildlife
- IPIECA IOGP guidance document on wildlife response preparedness
- POSOW oiled wildlife response manual
NB: if you wish to access some restricted EUROWA publications, please contact Sea Alarm (EUROWA Secretariat) for more details
Q&A session continued: please find below answers to questions that presenters did not have time to address during the webinar:
- Do you have examples of NOSCP with oiled wildlife restoration which can be shared?
Sea Alarm: "Oiled wildlife restoration is a legal process in the United States and is referred to as Natural Resource Damage Assessment. More information on this website: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/nrda.html. To our knowledge this process is only mandatory in the United States."
- Based on your experience, what would you consider as a realistic timeframe, especially considering Covid-19 new challenges, for resources mobilization (personnel) since notification to an in-country response (Angola, for example)? Did you have any experience in the pandemic to share the lessons learned (delays, constraints, etc)?
Sea Alarm: "Setting up a response might take several days if not weeks, especially in countries where there is no plan or pre-spill arrangement in place. The mobilisation of experts and equipment if needed will be delayed. The Covid situation extends this delay event further. Recent experience has been gained through oil spill response in Sri Lanka (2021) where responders had to follow a one-week quarantine upon arrival."
- Is there any opportunity for overseas capacity building and technology transfer in wildlife response and preparedness to oil spill?
Sea Alarm: "Opportunities for capacity building depend on Parties willing to invest in projects to develop preparedness activities such as trainings, exercises. Experienced organisations such as EUROWA and GOWRS have training packages available. In terms of technology transfer, there are several conferences which can help gain knowledge: International Conferences: IOSC (US), Interspill (Europe), Spillcon (Australia), Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference (US), etc."