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EUROWA’s first training course for seabird scientists

An online workshop, using a combination of theory presentations, instruction videos, and an interactive tabletop exercise using the Mural online collaboration platform, gave a group of European seabird scientists insight into their potential role in an emergency response involving seabirds. The April 20-21, 2022 workshop, organized and facilitated by EUROWA-2 project coordinator Sea Alarm, was…

Four-day EUROWA Advanced Responder training held in Finland

With travel restrictions easing, EUROWA has been able to resume some in-person training courses, continuing critical hands-on training that was put on hold during COVID. In March, twelve people from four countries attended the Advanced Responder course in Finland. The course was hosted by WWF Finland and the Helsinki Zoo Wildlife Hospital, with classroom sessions…

EUROWA network holds April meeting

For the first time since 2019, the EUROWA network was able to meet in person. Seventeen network members and technical experts, with Sea Alarm in its role as Secretariat, gathered in Ostend from 24-28 April. This allowed the group to delve into extended face to face discussions on a wide range of technical issues to…

First oiled sea turtle response training presented in Greece

April marked the first ever EUROWA training workshop on oiled sea turtle response, which was held in Glyfada, Greece. The 3-day workshop was part of the EUROWA-2 project, which aims to establish an oiled sea turtle response training module for the EUROWA network. Sea turtle specialists with long-standing expertise in sea turtle rehabilitation, nesting beaches…

Oiled wildlife wash and dry specialist training held in Belgium

In March, eleven participants from five European countries successfully completed the Skills Module of the Specialist Oiled wildlife responder Wash and Dry training during a two day in-person course. This hands-on session was preceded by a half day online webinar earlier in the year during which participants earned their Knowledge Module qualification. Both training modules,…

EUROWA hosts Integrated Management workshops for European authorities

In February and March of 2022, as part of the EUROWA-2 project, a pair of workshops on dealing effectively with wildlife challenges during pollution emergencies introduced participants to the ways in which various authorities should be involved in response to wildlife within a  wider emergency response. Originally envisioned as in-person workshops, COVID-19 restrictions meant the…

EUROWA LAUNCHED AND WAITING TO LAND!

EUROWA (EURopean Oiled Wildlife Assistance) is a network of European oiled wildlife response experts who are working together to improve professionalism in marine wildlife emergency response. EUROWA have  been building their network of wildlife professionals for many years and with the help of EU Civil Protection funding through the EUROWA-1 and EUROWA-2 projects, the network is now solidifying.…

Rehabilitation Facility Manager’s course emphasises cooperation

As a rehabilitation facility manager, you are not alone! This was a key focus area for the EUROWA Facility Manager’s training which took place online on 1st and 2nd December 2021. Managers’ training is an important element of the EUROWA-2 project work stream to develop and roll out several new training courses for European oiled…

EUROWA network granted observer status at Bonn Agreement

We are delighted to announce that the Bonn Agreement has further cemented its commitment to oiled wildlife preparedness and response issues by granting observer status to the EUROWA network. This was approved at the Bonn Agreement meeting on 22-23rd September, meaning that the EUROWA network can now attend relevant meetings of the Bonn Agreement to…

Coming soon – new tools from EUROWA-2 project presented at HELCOM Response

The EUROWA-2 project is developing tools which will help governments develop their oiled wildlife preparedness through an integrated approach. Responding well to oiled wildlife incidents and other marine wildlife emergencies needs a multidisciplinary, integrated approach where key authorities operate jointly. Over 25 Baltic Sea oil spill response authorities learned more about these tools at the…

EUROWA promoted at West, Central and Southern Africa webinar

Sea Alarm, as Secretariat for EUROWA, and the Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend (WRCO) raised international awareness of the EUROWA network at a Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF) webinar. Christophe Blazy, presenting for Sea Alarm, gave an overview on Oiled Wildlife Preparedness and Response, highlighting the risk of oil spills in…

EUROWA-2:Check out the EUROWA website and follow us on Twitter

The EUROWA network now has two new communication channels, our website and Twitter. Be sure to subscribe to the EUROWA newsletter on the homepage to keep up-to-date on our activities. Our brand-new website gives an overview of who we are and how we work. You can find lots of resources, including an overview of our…

EUROWA-2:Promoting the project to regional agreement meetings around Europe

Authorities from the Baltic, North and Mediterranean Sea regions learned more about the EUROWA-2 project at their meetings during the first half of the year. Sea Alarm, as EUROWA Secretariat, represented EUROWA at these online meetings, the first of which introduced EUROWA-2 to the Baltic countries at the meeting of the HELCOM Expert Working Group…

EUROWA experts present at Baltic oiled wildlife response webinar

On March 31st, Sascha Regmann, Vanessa Ryan and Agni Kaldma, representatives of the EUROWA Network, presented at a Baltic webinar ‘Oiled Wildlife Response – Methods and Opportunities’. The webinar was organised by the OIL SPILL Project, which is funded by the EU’s Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme with the aim of enhancing oil spill response…

Eurowa members gather online for their 2021 network meeting

During the last week of April, EUROWA member organisations and technical experts came together on Zoom for a network meeting, their first gathering under the EUROWA-2 project. The meeting, originally planned as a three day in-person event, had to be shifted to an online format due to the pandemic, but nonetheless produced some very rich…

Poland working to strengthen its oiled wildlife response arrangements

On 14th April, the EUROWA Secretariat presented EUROWA at an online meeting of oiled wildlife response stakeholders who are part of the Polish oiled wildlife response working group. The working group is looking into strengthening and further developing national arrangements for oiled animals during oil spills. The meeting was organised and chaired by Jadwiga Moczarska…

A new phase for EUROWA – the EUROWA-2 project begins

2021 marks the start of a brand-new phase of EUROWA cooperation, with the kick-off of the EUROWA-2 project. This 2-year project, co-funded by the European Commission’s Civil Protection Financial Instrument represents an important milestone in development of oiled wildlife preparedness in Europe. EUROWA-2 aims to strengthen Europe’s capability to deal with wildlife pollution emergencies utilising…

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