Massey joins the world for a ‘Joint Industry Project’ exploring global oiled wildlife preparedness and response


Louise Chilvers from Wildbase, has now attended two week-long meetings (one held in Brussels in September 2015 and one in Brazil in February 2016) which marked the beginning of a multi-stakeholder oiled wildlife response project to address the gap between oil spill response preparedness and wildlife response preparedness on a global scale.


In contrast to overall oil spill response - where industry backed global organisations have agreements in place regarding how, where and when they will be mobilised - oiled wildlife response falls largely into the realm of small to medium sized non-government organisations (NGO) with limited resources. While many countries and nearly every company within the industry have oil spill response plans that spell out how clean-up and containment resources will be mobilised, oiled wildlife is just beginning to be considered within those response plans as an international standard. 


Given the importance of early intervention in increasing survival rates of oiled wildlife, having processes and procedures in place for wildlife response globally is a next step in improving such responses. This is especially important for Tier 3 spills (incidents requiring international resources) where large numbers of animals might be impacted and the resources of the nearest NGO are likely to be taxed beyond capacity.


The wildlife response organisations involved in this project all have established track records in international wildlife response efforts and have worked together on various spills. This two-year project, funded as part of Phase II of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers’ (IOGP) Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project (OSR-JIP) -

brings these organisations together in a collaborative effort to develop the foundations for a Tier 3 (global) system for oiled wildlife response.  To reach that point, a variety of work streams have been initiated as part of the project, including:

  • Development of commonly agreed animal care principles for oiled wildlife response
  • Development of a standard operating procedure (SOP) for mobilisation of international oiled wildlife response resources
  • Development of recommendations for improving oil industry preparedness for wildlife response
  • Exploration of how a collaborative multi-stakeholder system would be organised and operate.


Project Partners:

  • Aiuká (Brazil)
  • Focus Wildlife International (USA/Canada)
  • International Bird Rescue (USA)
  • Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), Wildlife Health Center, University of California, Davis (USA)
  • PRO Bird (Germany)
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), (UK)
  • SANCCOB (South Africa)
  • Sea Alarm Foundation (Belgium)
  • Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc. (USA)
  • Wildbase, Massey University (New Zealand)
  • Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend (Belgium)

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