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Description of the organisation:

SON_Respons works with stakeholders and competent authorities involved in the Dutch national response plan, through the organisation of national trainings and exercise programmes.

The Organisation the coordination of a national network of rehab centres on oiled wildlife using the EUROWA training modules.

SON_Respons advises Rijkswaterstaat on oiled wildlife preparedness and response i.e. the Government on oiled wildlife preparedness. Mobilising rehab centres in case of a spill.

Area of expertise:

  • Preparedness of stakeholders of the National Response plan (national training and exercise programme)
  • Network coordination of rehabilitation centres on oiled wildlife
  • Rijkswaterstaat technical advisor on oiled wildlife preparedness and response

EUROWA Charter signed in 2020

Involvement in European preparedness/EUROWA since 2014

Meet the team

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Describe your job

I assist Sea Alarm in delivering the preparedness and response programme for oiled wildlife in the Netherlands. Rijkswaterstaat as the Dutch authority has committed to a National Response plan for oiled wildlife and I am very proud to be able to contribute to their mission. The programme is quite sophisticated and we try to motivate stakeholders to play a part and help them prepare through training and exercises. SON-Respons has a special relationship with the Dutch rehabilitation centres, we support them developing best practice standards and protocols. When a reponse is needed I will play the part of the SON-Respons coordinator and will notify and mobilise the trained staff of the rehab centres and afterwards help them to get reimbursed.

How would you explain your job to a five-year-old?

I educate people how to do their job best when birds at sea accidentally get covered in oil and need help.

What do you love most about your job?

Being able to alleviate the suffering of animals.

What are the trickiest situations you face as part of your job? 

To create awareness and get authorities to invest in preparedness for oiled wildlife scenarios when there is no immediate threat, particularly in harbours.

What was your dream occupation as a child?

To be a detective.

If you were a superhero, what would your secret power be, and why?

Being able to communicate with animals.

How can people get in touch with you?

Twitter: @SONRespons

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General Assembly members
Simone Jay
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