Oil Spill Response Training

February 8, 2019 1:16 pm

Date:          Friday, 22 & Saturday, 23 February 2019

Time:         15:30-19:00 (Friday)
                    09:00-18:00 (Saturday)

Location:   Salina Nature Reserve (Friday)
                    Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park (Saturday)

Marine ecosystems and shoreline habitats of the Maltese Islands have a high ecological value for many protected species by providing breeding grounds, serving as safe stopover locations and forming part of important migration routes. Increasing maritime transport in the Mediterranean Sea makes our seas and shores more exposed to the danger of oil spills and accidental dissemination of other harmful and toxic chemicals from ships and vessels operating in the Mediterranean Sea. It is in our interest to safeguard our habitats from potential dangers of oil spill contamination, be informed about best practices after the occurrence of oil spill accidents in our local environment, and be appropriately prepared for worst-case scenarios.

Therefore, we would like to invite you to an Oil Spill Response Training which will be held at the Visitors’ Centre of our Salina Nature Reserve later on this month.

BirdLife Malta and Nature Trust-FEE Malta, in collaboration with the Civil Protection Department of Malta, Transport Malta, and the Preparedness for Oil-polluted Shoreline clean-up and Oiled Wildlife interventions (POSOW+) Initiative Malta will organise the training sessions, covering topics including crisis management, most endangered species and locations of local marine and coastal environments, Malta’s National Response System, and handling oiled wildlife in worst-case scenarios.

You will be trained in:

  • How to respond to oiled wildlife and shorelines around Malta
  • How to manage volunteers and engage in clean-ups
  • How to apply best practices of oiled wildlife response

Participation and booking

The workshop takes place on Friday, 22nd February from 15:30 to 19:00 at Salina Nature Reserve and Saturday, 23rd February from 09:00 to 18:00 at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park.

The course is free of charge and lunch and coffee breaks will be provided.

Registration will be open until Friday, 15th February 2019. Please fill in the online application form here or send an email to janina.laurent@birdlifemalta.org.

Background

The first edition of this training course took place in October 2013. Malta was one of the first targeted countries within the framework of the Initial Project which was co-funded by the European Union under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism with the aim to improve preparedness and response to marine pollution in the Mediterranean region.

 

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