A three-day training course for volunteers and experts for cleaning oil-polluted sea shore was concluded on Saturday, 23rd November, in the city of Koper. Members of the service for protection of coastal sea (SVOM) and employees of VGP Drava Ptuj d.d. demonstrated methods for cleaning sandy-gravelly, rocky and urbanized beach for about 30 participants of the course.
Regarding the geomorphological features of the Slovenian sea-shore most of the work in case of oil pollution should be done by hands, and for this reason participation of volunteers is of even greater importance.
Four different methods for removing spilled oil from sea surface were demonstrated: …, vacuum cleaning, using oil filter discs and absorbtive agents. After removal from the sea water, the waste materials are collected and sent for destruction as hazardous waste.
Veterinary and member of DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia, Mr. Peter Maričič, has presented the equipment, available for searching, collecting and transport of animals and cleaning oiled birds. The latter would be transported to the official refuge for wildlife in the town of Muta. At the Slovenian coast mostly gulls, terns, shags and grebes are potentially endangered due to oil spills.
The participants have received certificates of attendance and will be able to register in the volunteer database of the project POSOW. This was a national training for oil spill volunteer management, oiled shoreline assessment and oiled wildlife response, organized by the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for civil protection and disaster relief and DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia, with the support od several environmental organizations. The training is a part of project “Preparedness for oil polluted shoreline cleanup and oiled wildlife interventions” (POSOW), the aim of which is to establish cooperation of European Mediterranean countries in case of oil spills – Croatia, Ciprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain and Slovenia.
- Participation at the workshop “The train the trainer course for volunteer management on shoreline assessment, clean-up and wildlife response”
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