Preparedness for Oil-polluted Shoreline cleanup and Oiled Wildlife interventions (POSOW) Project – Feb 15, 2012

The project proposal for Preparedness for Oil-polluted Shoreline cleanup and Oiled Wildlife interventions – POSOW, coordinated by the Centre, has been approved under the European Commission (EC) call for Proposal on prevention and preparedness. The project will start in February 2012, for two years. The budget of the project amounts to approximately 600,000 € and will be funded at 75% by the EC Civil Protection Financial Instrument.

The project POSOW will be implemented by REMPEC and its partners, namely the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE), the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Sea Alarm Foundation, and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR).

The project POSOW aims at establishing a regional cooperation synergy through the enhancement of knowledge and capacities of operators (professionals and volunteers) in the field of marine pollution, in European coastal countries of the Mediterranean Sea namely Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Spain.

By providing training courses and material to civil protection professionals and volunteers, the project will contribute to the improvement of the effectiveness of emergency response to shoreline pollution following an oil spill in the Mediterranean Sea. The material developed during the project will be subsequently available to all the Contracting Parties of the Barcelona Convention.