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  • Interview: Jens Peter Holst-Andersen, Chair of EPPR

    2017-08-14 08:21:49

    When the Arctic Council Chairmanship passed from the United States to Finland in May of 2017, the Arctic Council also welcomed new Chairs for several of the six Working Groups. In the interview below, get to know Jens Peter Holst-Andersen of the Kingdom of Denmark, the new Chair of Working Group EPPR (Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response).

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    Wrap-up: EPPR meetings in Montreal

    2016-07-21 16:32:59

    “We covered so much ground here, and it was great to sense so much progress being made in these important areas." - EPPR Chair Amy Merten

  • Ratification completed for agreement on oil pollution preparedness and response

    2016-06-06 12:45:27

    Although workshops and exercises have been conducted under the “Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic” since 2014, the formal ratification process was completed in late March 2016.

  • Arctic Council Advances Work on Arctic Issues

    2016-03-17 02:14:00

    At a meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 15-17, the Arctic Council gathered Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) from the eight Arctic States, and the six Permanent Participant organizations representing indigenous peoples of the Arctic, to address ongoing efforts on a range of topics of high importance for the Arctic.

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    EPPR (Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response) meets in Reykjavik

    2015-12-16 13:54:38

    The Arctic Council’s Working Group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) met on 1-3 December 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Following their last meeting in Svalbard, EPPR met to discuss the group’s work on issues critical in the Arctic such as search-and-rescue (SAR) and preparedness and response to marine oil spills. EPPR is the Arctic Council’s point-of-contact for implementation of the 2013 ...

  • Workshop: Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response

    2015-09-30 11:27:06

    WASHINGTON – Representatives from the Arctic Council participated in an EPPR MOSPA exercise workshop held September 15-17, 2015 at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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    Interview with Amy Merten, EPPR Working Group Chair

    2015-06-16 10:32:05

    Read an interview with Amy Merten, Ph.D., the new chair of EPPR, the Arctic Council's working group on emergency prevention, preparedness and response…

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    Arctic Ocean Safety, Security & Stewardship

    2015-05-26 14:12:56

    At the 9th Arctic Council ministerial meeting, held in Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada in April 2015, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council, formally handed the Arctic Council Chairmanship to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, chair of the Arctic Council during the U.S. Chairmanship. On this occasion, Arctic ministers adopted an ambitious new work plan

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  • John F. Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister for the Arctic Council, and The Honourable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada meet with Inuit residents in Iqaluit, April 2015.

    Improving Economic & Living Conditions for Arctic Communities

    2015-05-20 07:28:09

    The first of three thematic pillars of the United States Chairmanship program is “Improving Economic & Living Conditions for Arctic Communities”…

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    Responsible Economic and Resource Development in the Arctic

    2015-04-17 07:52:41

    It is recognized that the economic potential of the Arctic is enormous, and its sustainable development is key to the region's resilience and prosperity...

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    Arctic Council works to prevent Arctic marine oil pollution

    2014-03-04 15:23:00

    The Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) was established at the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting in May, 2013 to explore how the Arctic Council can help to advance oil pollution prevention in the Arctic. Although much work has been done in identifying best practices, there is important and challenging work to be done in identifying how, in practical terms, Arctic States can work towards this goal.

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    Students from the University of Tromsø act out model Arctic Council meetings

    2013-12-20 08:51:33

    November 6th students from the University of Tromsø held a role-play session where they acted out a EPPR Working Group meeting and a Senior Arctic Officials meeting. The role-play was a voluntary activity for the students and their teacher Piotr Graczyk hopes that the exercise will increase student awareness about the work of the Arctic Council.

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    EPPR: Understanding Risk to the Arctic Environment

    2013-11-19 09:00:03

    The Arctic is changing rapidly. As it does, it may offer more access to new visitors and new residents arriving from the South. That could mean cruise vessels underway off the coast of Greenland, shipping vessels carrying fuel oil along with their cargoes, or invasive species brought northward as uninvited guests aboard ships. The Arctic Council is working to develop a comprehensive picture of such risks to the Arctic marine environment.

  • Photo, Lev Levit, Arctic Council Secretariat, Offshore oil spill response exercise (Exercise Barents 2012).

    EPPR Workshop Observing an Oil Spill Response Exercise in Kirkenes

    2012-06-15 09:59:32

    The increased focus on potential exploration of Arctic offshore oil and gas and shipping this summer is made evident by a busy month of June for the Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response working group (EPPR). On 5-7 June 2012, a workshop was held in Kirkenes, Arctic Norway, where the participants had the opportunity to observe the annual Russian - Norwegian Exercise Barents.

  • EPPR Meets in Canada's Yukon Territory

    2011-06-23 22:00:00

    Canada hosted the meeting of the Emergency, Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group of the Arctic Council in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory which took place June 15-16, 2011.

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    Search and Rescue in the Arctic

    2011-06-22 12:37:00

    At the 2009 Ministerial Meeting in Tromsø, the Arctic Council decided to establish a Task Force with a mandate to develop an international instrument on cooperation on Search and Rescue operations in the Arctic. The Task Force, co-chaired by Ambassador Anton Vasiliev of the Russian Federation and Ambassador David Balton of the United States, met five times: in Washington (December 2009), in Moscow (February 2010), in Oslo (June 2010), in

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