The EUROWA Module was developed during 2015-2016 through a project co-financed by the European Commission under Grant Agreement ECHO/SUB/2014/693276.
To develop and establish an international Module, consisting of a team of oiled wildlife response experts and a stockpile of critical equipment, both of which can be rapidly mobilised by governments in the event of an oil spill. The project developed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), training packages and runs centralised training events that will enable wildlife response experts from any Member State to become qualified future members of the Module. The Module's equipment will be stockpiled, maintained and tested in exercises to be ready for use in an oil spill.
The EUROWA project conducted the following activities:
- Developed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the new Oiled Wildlife Response Module, according to DG Echo guidelines and international standards for oiled wildlife response and preparedness.
- Developed a professional training course that will be used to develop the skills and knowledge of European experts from various countries to qualify them to become members of the EUROWA Module.
- Provided centralised training courses to the project team and interested organisations and individuals from Member States to allow the Module to draw from a considerable number of experts from different countries.
- Maintain a European stockpile of oiled wildlife response equipment and ensure the availability and mobilisation of the appropriate equipment as part of the Module.
- Test the new Module as part of an international oil spill response exercise.
- Submit the Module to the European Commission for consideration to be registered in the Common Emergency Communication and Information System (CECIS).
Main technical deliveries of the project include:
- Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Module
- A suite of responder training packages
- Equipment instruction handbook
Once completed, the Module will have achieved these goals:
- The Module developed will be available through the European Commission’s Civil Protection Mechanism to European Member States and any eligible requesting country.
- The training course will be utilised on an ongoing basis, which will allow expansion of the Module’s pool of experts and help to create national capabilities for oiled wildife response.
- The Module’s experts will be available as First Responders in their resident country, initiating oiled wildlife response to a recognised standard and allowing for ease of scaling to fit the level of response necessary.