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:
Kingdom of Denmark

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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.

2019-2021 Work Plan Snapshot

EPPR implements and develops project proposals within its mandate for approval as Arctic Council projects, recognizing the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples and all Arctic inhabitants.

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).
Jens Peter Holst-Andersen
Jens Peter Holst-Andersen
Chair

Kathy Nghiem

Vice-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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  • Get to know our Search and Rescue Expert Group a bit better through this interview of its Chair, Benjamin Strong from the @USCG. vimeo.com/397987293 https://t.co/ozTpOG4ZP9 April 8 10:37 am

EPPR News

Women of the Arctic Council: Interview with Kathy Nghiem, Vice-Chair of EPPR

In honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we spoke with some of the women who work with the Arctic Council to learn more about them, what it means to be a woman i...
05 Mar 2021

Bonding through Activity: The creation of Arctic Council Active

In this guest post by Benjamin Strong, he recounts the inspiration behind Arctic Council Active and the goal of moving the distance of the Arctic Circle
08 Feb 2021

Preparing for an Arctic emergency with EPPR and the Arctic Coast Guard Forum

The Council’s EPPR Working Group and Arctic Coast Guard Forum are working together to make the Arctic a safer place through coordinated emergency preparedness. Their late...
09 Dec 2020
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Calendar

April
12 Apr-14 Apr 2021
EPPR-ACGF Arctic Guardian Exercise Online
May
19 May-20 May 2021
Ministerial Meeting Reykjavik/Online
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