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Global Wildlife Response

GOWRN Wildbase Oil Response may soon become part of a global network of oiled wildlife response professionals. The concept of a Global Oiled Wildlife Response Network (GOWRN) is currently being negotiated by ten key players in oiled wildlife response, including Wildbase – the only organisation from the Asia Pacific to attend.

The Network is being driven by Sea Alarm Foundation with input from Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and funded by the oil industry via the Joint Industry Project (JIP). 

The purpose of the Network is to build a collaborative framework in which international organisations can respond to Tier 3 oil spills in a new global response system. The Network will be available to the oil Industry and potentially to governments internationally. 

At the first meeting of the group in Brussels in September 2013, a single delegate from each of the ten organisations attended, including Kerri Morgan on behalf of Wildbase Oil Response. Wildbase is the only organisation throughout the Asia Pacific region and was one of 3 OWR groups for the whole of the Southern Hemisphere, the other two being Aiuka (Brazil) and SANCCOB (South Africa).

The workshop included discussions on how the network might function, including governance, and the potential development of standardised animal care protocols.  Further funding was approved in December 2013, so watch this space for further updates!

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