Integrating plans for managing oiled wildlife as part of an overall spill response requires an understanding of the complexities that a wildlife response can entail. Oil Spill Response (OSRL) is offering its Oiled Wildlife Response Planning course, designed for emergency planners, oil industry spill response teams, and others with a role in managing environmental resources during spill response, in two locations in 2015.
The course, developed in collaboration with Sea Alarm and other international oiled wildlife response experts, will be offered in Singapore from 10-12 February and in Ostend, Belgium from 17-18 November. In Singapore, staff from Massey University’s Wildbase team will co-present the course.
Participants will progress through introductory sessions ranging from an overview of oiled wildlife response, how oil affects wildlife, what facilities and equipment are needed, to some scenarios illustrating challenges and solutions. The second day includes a tabletop exercise where attendees practice aspects of developing an oiled wildlife response plan.
Both courses include an excursion which will help deepen awareness of wildlife issues which may impact spill response. Singapore participants will visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, an ASEAN Heritage Park and a Wetlands International designated site of international importance for migratory birds. The Reserve’s variety of habitats will help illustrate the different types of challenges that might be found during the rescue phase of an oiled wildlife response.
Ostend is home to the Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend (WRC Ostend), one of the leading European oiled wildlife response organisations, is active in oiled wildlife response and responder training around the world. At WCR Ostend attendees will see firsthand a facility designed to care for thousands of sick, injured or orphaned wild animals, yet able to quickly convert to dedicated oiled wildlife response whenever the need arises.
For more information, and to book this course, please visit the OSRL training website.