National plans

Country Status Description
Belgium agreed (and exercised)

Following the Tricolor incident in 2003, Belgium started to develop a national response plan, which was implemented in 2005.

Estonia agreed

In the aftermath of a mystery spill in 2006 which resulted in the oiling of several thousand birds, Estonian authorities, in cooperation with NGOs, developed a national wildlife response plan. The most recent version of the plan was agreed in 2013.

Finland agreed (and exercised)

The Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE), the national Rescue Service and leading NGOs are involved in a number of activities to improve and maintain preparedness for oiled wildlife incidents.

France agreed

France has explicit instructions in place for wildlife response plans. They are well integrated into the overall oil spill response plan as Annex 5 of the French Polmar Land oil spill plan, for which the local administrations are responsible.

Germany draft

In Germany, oiled wildlife responders are in a process of determining and adopting best practices for the cleaning and rehabilitation of oiled wildlife.

Ireland discussed

Ireland is in the process of updating its oil spill response plans led by the Irish Coast Guard. A draft National Contingency Plan was issued in 2013, under which each of the 20 coastal counties is charged with the task to develop a local authority oil/HNS contingency plan, according to a predefined structure.

Norway discussed

Norway has experienced a significant number of oil spill incidents that affected (or threatened) oiled wildlife, which have lead to the start of a national oiled wildlife response planning process.

Portugal discussed

Under construction

Sweden discussed

The Swedish Environment Institute is responsible for developing a national oiled wildlife response plan, as of 2015. In the interim the interim KFV-Riksförbund (Swedish Wildlife Rehabilitators Association) is allowed to rehabilitate oiled wildlife.

The Netherlands agreed (and exercised)

Representatives from the coastal municipalities, national authorities, rehabilitation centres and scientific institutes signed The Netherlands’ national oiled wildlife contingency plan in April 2009, after Sea Alarm first raised the issue of oiled wildlife response with Dutch authorities in 2005.

United Kingdom agreed (and exercised)

The UK  national oil spill contingency plan, developed in 2006, is under review as of 2014. The national plan provides guidance on how oiled wildlife should be dealt with.