14.08.2017 The hands-on training on the prevention of wildlife death in case of oil spills was held in Naryan-Mar from 1st to 5th August 2017.
The workshop was one of the activities carried out by the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia jointly with OOO Varandey Terminal (PAO LUKOIL) with the support of the Project UNDP/GEF – Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia, ‘Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation into Russia’s energy sector policies and operations.’ The workshop targeted to ‘implement the component of preventing wildlife death in case of oil spills into corporate workflow of OOO Varandey Terminal’. The workshop was provided for by Clause 217 of the Plan for Main Activities During the Year of Ecology 2017 in Russia, which was approved by the Decree No. 1082-r of the Government of Russia dated 2 June 2016.-ð.
The representatives of the Federal Service for Supervision of Nature Resources, WWF, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Darvin and Nenets conservation areas, and the ‘Russian Arctic’ National Park took part in the workshop as observers.
The workshop consisted of two inter-related courses:
1. A three-day introductory practice course on prevention of bird death in case of oil spills and on oil response measures planning. The course is for oil companies’ executives and decision-makers.
Within the course, command-staff exercises were conducted in the form of simulating a specific situation and planning bird-save activities in case of oil spill. Trainers: Hugo Nijkamp (General Manager of Sea Alarm Foundation, Netherlands) and Saskia Sessons (Marine Scientist, Trainer of Sea Alarm Foundation, Great Britain)
2. A two-day basic practice response course for staff and specialists who are (theoretically) to be the first to engage into response activities related to saving oiled birds.
Practical sessions were held in vicinity of Naryan-Mar, on the Molodyozhnoye Lake. The participants mastered search and collection of oiled birds, capturing of the birds suffered from petroleum products, transferring of suffered birds, as well as got some knowledge of utilities and equipment for the treatment of suffered birds, organizing and arranging the work of a simple control center. Also, each of the participants became familiar with key measures for stabilizing bird’s state (veterinary aid) and bird capture at oil spill location (with the use of stuffed birds and ROBO-DUCK mechanical dummy birds.) Trainers: Claude Velter (Technical Consultant for Sea Alarm Foundation, Belgium) and Sasha Regman (Ornitologist at PRObird, Germany)
The workshop participants noticed the high professional level of organizing, unique expertise of the trainers and positive motivation of the company’s staff to get practical knowledge of oil spill prevention and response. The representatives of the Central Administration Office of RosPrirodNadzor, in their turn, pointed out that the workshop was of importance and practical use to all the participants. As stated by Yulia B. Kovaleva, the deputy head of Department for biodiversity conservation regulation of the Administration for State Supervision and Biodiversity Conservation Regulation, ‘Getting decision-making skills for similar situations is, undoubtedly, one of the most important results of the workshop, proving its efficiency. Getting to know new decision-making models for oil spill response in the part of saving the suffered wildlife can positively influence an employee’s performance, for instance, in terms of efficient response and prompt measures. Separately, the workshop allowed to concentrate on the necessity of timely planning of oil spill response activities, showing us how to organize animal rescue centers and compensation foundations.’ Many workshop’s participants noted that they now look differently at bird oiling issues and are ready, if necessary, to render assistance to their colleagues and counterparts from other companies.
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