Russia needs an animal rescue program for oil spill — WWF expert

Russia needs special animal rescue program at the state level in the plans for the oil spill, which now exist only in individual companies, says program coordinator for the environmental policy of oil and gas sector, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia Alexei Knizhnikov.

The expert noted that there is still not overcome the consequences of the accident for biodiversity tanker Exxon Valdez, which occurred off the coast of Alaska in March 1989, the populations of some native species have not yet recovered from the damages.

"The history of marine oil spills has led most oil-producing countries and companies operating at sea, special programs animal rescue in the event of oil spills … Unfortunately, in our country, these programs save animals at the state level, just de facto does not exist", — said scribes at a news conference at RIA Novosti.

A positive example of such programs in other countries led Knizhnikov elimination accident in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, where considerable efforts were directed not only to collect the spilled oil, but also to save the birds and mammals.

"I must say that, thanks to the efforts of our American colleagues, in fact, damage to biodiversity there was minimized," — said the scribes.

According to him, after the oil spill in the Kerch Strait in 2007, when the victim is a huge number of animals and birds, WWF Russia has managed to achieve that at the corporate level, some companies in some regions to include in their plans for oil spill animal rescue program.

The expert also noted that seasonal restrictions on work can be a tool to address the impact of oil production on biodiversity.

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