Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Quick Facts

Primary Focus
Contributing to the prevention, preparedness and response to environmental and other emergencies, accidents and to search and rescue

Establishment
1991

Chairmanship 2021-2023
Canada

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The Arctic is an environmentally sensitive area with an extreme climate characterized by low temperatures, winter-time darkness, snow, ice and permafrost. Harsh conditions and the sparse and limited amount of infrastructure in much of the Arctic increase risks and impacts and hinder response activities. Actions for prevention, preparedness and response must be carefully pre-planned and adapted to the conditions and remoteness of the Arctic to maximize the use of available resources. Accordingly, international cooperation in this area is of vital importance.

EPPR meets twice a year to discuss priorities and projects identified in the work plan. EPPR Chairmanship rotates between the Arctic States every two years.

Expert Groups

Three Expert Groups are active and working to develop practical actions to improve preparedness and response to environmental and other emergencies:

Main tasks

  • Developing guidance and risk assessment methodologies
  • Exchanging information and best practices regarding prevention, preparedness and response to accidents and threats from unintentional releases of pollutants and radionuclides, and to natural disasters
  • Coordinating response exercises and training
  • Maintaining the operational guidelines for two of the legally binding agreements negotiated under the auspices of the Arctic Council, agreements on Search and Rescue (SAR) and Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response (MOSPA).
Kathy Nghiem
EPPR Chair

Ole Kristian Bjerkemo

EPPR Vice-Chair
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Nina Ågren

Acting Executive Secretary
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Featured EPPR projects

Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis (COSRVA)

The COSRVA project investigates the potential of different oil spill response systems for the Arctic marine environment.

Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis Phase II (COSRVA II)

The COSRVA is intended to provide more science-based decision-making in Arctic oil spill response contingency planning. An additional benefit of the study is the identification of components or method...

Prevention, Preparedness and Response for small communities

EPPR has been working with small communities to improve their safety in case of an oil spill event.
Boat in ice. Photo: iStock

Risk Assessment methods and metadata

A common approach to marine risk assessment in the Arctic region.
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Circumpolar Wildland Fire

This project aims to improve the coordinated response by Arctic States and Permanent Participants in response to catastrophic wildland fires in the Arctic region, and to promote the possibility of int...

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  • Risks and Impacts of #OilPollution on Communities: Oil spills may cause economic losses, and the impacts may be direct or indirect. Livelihoods & industries can be affected, which may for example result in unemployment or loss of income. See the full video vimeo.com/485504347 https://t.co/xw6W9WQK1C June 4 1:45 pm

EPPR News

Radiation emergency exercise at Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation Centre, Russia Credit: ERC Rosatom

Are we prepared for a radiation incident in the Arctic?

A look into the Radiation Expert Group and its collaborative approach to radiation risks and incidents
10 May 2021
Credit: Nina Ågren

The workhorses behind the success

The work of the Arctic Council is so intricately linked to its six Working Groups that it would be impossible to write about the Council’s accomplishments without referri...
10 May 2021

EPPR and Arctic Coast Guard Forum Hold Joint Exercise to Improve Arctic Maritime Emergency Response

The online Arctic Guardian 2021 exercise will enhance circumpolar collaboration in the event of a marine search and rescue or oil spill incident in the Arctic
09 Apr 2021
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Calendar

June
15 Jun-17 Jun 2021
EPPR Expert Group Meetings Online
22 Jun-23 Jun 2021
EPPR Plenary Online
29 Jun-30 Jun 2021
SAO Executive Online / Moscow
November
23 Nov-25 Nov 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard, Russian Federation
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