Within hours of the of the chemical tanker Bow Jubail incident in Rotterdam Harbour in the Netherlands, hundreds of mute swans moulting in the harbour area were oiled.
In March of 2018, PRO Bird presented a EUROWA Basic training session to two German partner organisations, continuing EUROWA’s work of improving response to oiled wildlife in Europe.
EUROWA partners Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend (WRCO)/ Belgium and PRO Bird e.V.
Since 2014, the European standard for first responder oiled wildlife training has been the POSOW Wildlife course for volunteers, which was developed under Sea Alarm’s coordination, as part of the first EU funded POSOW project (2013-2014).
A pilot project to begin integration of wildlife rescue into oil spill response in Arctic Russia included a two-day EUROWA Basic Responder Course, which took place in Russia in August 2017.
Sea Alarm has now developed a one-day Oiled Wildlife Response Managers training course which has been added to the EUROWA suite of courses.
Elements from the EUROWA Basic Responder Course have been used in a large scale exercise organized in the Dutch Wadden Sea, which took place in early September 2017.
The European Commission has recently given its final technical and financial approval of the EUROWA project, marking the completion of an important first stage in developing international oiled wildlife response capability in Europe.