PROJECT TO IMPROVE OIL SPILL PREPAREDNESS AT UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

The Wadden Sea is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. It is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. The site covers the Dutch Wadden Sea Conservation Area, the German Wadden Sea National Parks of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, and most of the Danish Wadden Sea maritime conservation area. It is a large, temperate, relatively flat coastal wetland environment, formed by the intricate interactions between physical and and biological factors that have given rise to a multitude of transitional habitats with tidal channels, sandy shoals, sea-grass meadows, mussel beds, sandbars, mudflats, salt marshes, estuaries, beaches and dunes.The area is home to numerous plant and animal species, including marine mammals such as the harbour seal, grey seal and harbour porpoise. Wadden Sea is one of the last remaining large-scale, intertidal ecosystems where natural processes continue to function largely undisturbed.

In the newly released Agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the International Spill Control Organization it is announced that the Guest Speaker, Dennis Van der Veen will give a presentation on the current programme on improving preparedness for oil spill response in the the Dutch Sector of the Wadden Sea.

Dennis Van der Veen, Member of ISCO Executive Committee, has 20 years of professional experience in environmental sciences, of which 10 years were with the Dutch Institute for Applied Sciences and 12 years at the Dutch governmental agency Rijkswaterstaat. Currently he is managing director of the consultancy firm ASCC.