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Completed projects and activities are described elsewhere on the site.

Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Arctic Workshop, December 4, Seattle

On December 4, 2014, EPPR, invited guests and interested stakeholders  participatied in a one day workshop on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Arctic.

The goals of the workshop were to learn about recent operation trials of using UAS in Arctic environments, discuss requirements for UAS for oil spill response activities, and also to outline opportunities to improve the utility of UAS technologies in Arctic environments. Please click on below to view presentations.













Cooperation on Spill Response in the Arctic: Gap Analysis

In 2009 the EPPR Working Group decided to establish a correspondence group to: 1) consider the 2000 Gap Analysis and the need to update it, 2) consider international regimes related to oil and HNS spills in international waters, 3) review the AMSA recommendations and the report from the Envisioning Disasters and Framing Solutions workshop. This group was led by Norway, with one representative from each country. Please see the Gap Analysis document. For your reference, assessments from 1998 and 1999 are accessible as well.

In 2010 the group changed the name of the Gap Analysis to  “Arctic Emergencies:  Current and Future Risks, Mitigation, and Response Cooperation.”  The revised document will be posted on the website when completed.

Arctic Rescue

Region: Russian Federation, with possible expansion to include countries in the circumpolar Arctic
Project Period: 2004- ongoing
Funding: to be determined

Lead: EMERCOM of Russia

Arctic Rescue is a mechanism for the prevention and response to emergencies in the Arctic. The first step would be to establish a coordination centre in Moscow and a network of points with suitable infrastructure (airport, seaport, roads, medical services, etc.). Three stations are proposed for the Russian Federation (Murmansk, Dikson, and Chukotka). The Russian Federation has invited other interested countries to identify potential sites for inclusion in a network. The project to develop international nuclear emergency response capabilities (see radiation projects) is seen as an example of a building block for the Arctic Rescue initiative.

Please find background documents and information on completed activities on the Arctic Rescue Background page.

As a follow up activity EMERCOM hosted the workshop: “Prevention and Elimination of Emergency Situations in the Arctic” from August 23-25, 2011.

Arctic Guide

Region: Circumpolar
Project Period: Ongoing/Updated annually
Funding: EPPR Secretariat

Local Counterparts: not applicable

Brief: The on-line Arctic Guide provides information on how the emergency systems work in each Arctic country, contact points and notification numbers. The Guide also provides a brief overview of the risks in the Arctic and on a country-by-country basis, and summarizes applicable international, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agreements.

Updating the Environmental Risk Assessment

Region: Circumpolar
Project Period: Ongoing
Project Funding: Secretariat and member Countries

Local Counterparts: existing environmental risk assessments

Brief: At their meeting in November 2004, the Ministers accepted the recommendation that natural disasters be added to the mandate of EPPR. The Working Group will provide information in response to the SAO Chair’s request for further information regarding the implications of the proposed expansion of the mandate. The first steps will include: updating the environmental risk assessment matrix to include natural disasters (information on other hazards will also be reviewed); exchange of information; and clarification of the specific goals related to natural disasters. Once the role of EPPR in meeting the needs arising during natural disasters is clarified, specific projects will be proposed. Initial projects could include a review of response programs or workshops on best practices.

The task of updating the Environmental Risk Assessment Matrices has been subsumed in the Arctic Guide Project.

Behavior of Oil and Other Hazardous Substances in Arctic Waters

EPPR will address recommendations from the report Behavior of Oil and Other Hazardous Substances in Arctic Waters by contributing a chapter titled, “In Situ Burn (ISB) of Oil Spills on Water and Broken and Solid Ice Conditions” to the IMO Arctic Region Report.

Safety Systems in Implementation of Economic and Infrastructural Projects

There is a joint Norwegian – Russian oil spill exercise and workshop planned for 2012 under the auspices of the Safety Systems project.

Pilot Projects

EPPR will pursue the creation of a prototype of the Arctic Region Oil Spill Response Resource and Logistics Guide,  based on the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA) tool.

A Search and Rescue pilot project, Arctic Automated Marine Vessel Emergency Rescue Net (AAmverNet ), will move forward with a proof of concept study.