Outputs and Results
The main goal of APP4SEA was to improve oil spill response (OSR) preparedness in the NPA region. This was to be achiveded through the following actions:
- Pooling oil spill response competences across the region;
- Upskilling local authorities in charge of oil spill response through transfer of best practices and tools;
- Raising awareness in coastal communities about the risks associated with increased marine traffic.
Protecting natural and cultural heritage, marine bird species and livelihood of coastal communities was set as the overall goal of the project.
Output 1. BEST PRACTICES OSR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE NPA REGION AND GAP ANALYSIS OF THE EXISTING OSR INFRASTRUCTURE
With the help of an OSR expert pool and other sources, APP4SEA has reviewed oil spill response methods, experiences with tools, models and practices that are currently in use. Based on this review, recommendations for the NPA region have been drawn. In addition to this, the current OSR infrastructure and practices employed in the NPA region have been assessed and a gap analysis of the current system has been drawn.
Output 2. INTERACTIVE SMART MAP
An interactive smart map has been developed in the project, which is both educative for general public and also a useful tool for oil spill response authorities. The map includes information - among others - on the following topics, which are vital for oil spill response operations:
- Oil spill response centers and other assets;
- Weather zones;
- Shipping routes and oil & gas extraction areas;
- Ecologically sensitive areas.
The map is available at www.app4sea.com
Output 3. TOOLS FOR OSR PROFESSIONALS
The aim of APP4SEA was also to develop concrete tools, instructions and toolkits, which would increase the OSR authorities' knowledge, capabilities and preparedness level to respond to oil spills in the NPA region. These include information about oil spill response models, oil weathering characteristics, oil vulnerability of seabirds, etc.