The problem with oil spill and the effects on the marine ecosystems is a universal problem and environmental damages usually will spread too many countries. Furthermore, large oil spill incidents could happen anywhere. This is a problem at a European level. Unfortunately, oiled wildlife responses in the past have not always led to high rehabilitation successes. Scientific facts and figures concerning oil spills and their effects on wildlife are available, but quite scattered. Normally, scientific monitoring and evaluation of rehabilitation activities, techniques and approaches are not systematically carried out. The research is fragmented at European level and there is a need to create a critical mass of resources. RIOS focus on minimising the negative impacts of oil spills on the wildlife and clearly addresses the objectives of the work programme and of specific support actions. The main objective of this specific support action (RIOS) is to develop an action plan for future research in the area of rehabilitation of oiled animals and to stimulate the contacts and future co-operation between scientists/researchers, marine wildlife rehabilitators, zoological professionals, veterinarians, biologists, NGOs, the oil industry and governmental organisations. They all have in common that they are involved or having an interest in spills where birds and mammals become oiled. The work is divided into clearly defined work packages: WP 1 Identification of state-of-the-art and research priorities by expert group WP 2 Compilation of a report (background document) WP 3 Planning of a 2-day workshop in Algarve-Portugal WP 4 2-day Workshop in Algarve-Portugal WP 5 Dissemination activities WP 6 Consortium Management Activities WP 7 Review The duration of the RIOS specific support action is 18 months and the consortium consists of three partners, which are Nordeconsult (Sweden), Zoomarine (Portugal) and Sea Alarm Foundation (Belgium).
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