- To work collaboratively to review and improve post spill
environmental monitoring and impact assessment practices.
- Maintain, review, improve and supplement the current Premiam
guidance documents and databases.
- To provide a coordinating framework for the UK, so as to be
able to support and promote best practice in science, co-ordination
of post spill monitoring and impact assessment practices following
marine spill incidents.
- To promote the generation of high quality evidence and guidance
to responders, policy advisors and decision-makers.
- To share information across the government departments to
provide consistency and expertise, to reduce costs to the
- To promote collaboration and discussion between the Premiam
parties and wider stakeholders including industry representation
and other non-government organisations.
- To provide a forum in which emergency response and preparedness
evidence gaps can be identified, research needs considered and
communicated to government and other stakeholders.
Results and their use
In addressing these objectives PREMIAM will introduce and
co-ordinate a professional, efficient and fit for purpose
post-incident monitoring and impact assessment mechanism. Through
the production of expert guidelines, the maintenance of a national
network of experts/service providers and the introduction of
monitoring coordination processes the project will result in an
approach that aims to ensure:
- Speed - Fast response in order to gain early impact information
or baseline information concerning areas at threat
- Cost effectiveness
- Expertise identification and availability
- Use of appropriate techniques
- Use of best-practice and the ability to learn from previous
- Co-ordination and integration.
The programme is overseen by a steering group comprising
representatives from all the main government stakeholders
(including those with regulatory, response and conservation
interests) which will ensure an integrated approach.