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)

Investigating the potential of different oil spill response systems for the Arctic marine environment.

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

Science-based decision-making in Arctic oil spill response contingency planning

Prevention, Preparedness and Response for small communities

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

Arctic Marine Risk Assessment

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

Circumpolar Coordination on Wildfire Prevention, Preparedness and Response
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New Low Sulphur Fuels, Fate, and Behavior in Cold Water Conditions

Knowledge on New Low-Sulphur Fuels in the Arctic

Arctic Rescue

International Cooperation to Develop Arctic Emergency Preparedness

Safety Systems in Implementation of Economic and Infrastructural Projects

Improving industrial and environmental safety related to economic and infrastructure projects, primarily the development of hydrocarbons on the Arctic continental shelf and transportation of related o...
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NEPTUNE

Could expedition cruise vessels be an oil spill response asset in the Arctic?
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Arctic Lessons Learned Arena

One-stop shop for Arctic incident reports to share experiences, contirbute to best practices and to mitigate future risks

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  • Yesterday, EPPR kicked off its first official 2021 meeting, EPPR-I 2021, online. This week is dedicated for the Expert Groups, and the plenary convenes next week. We got a chance to snap a photo of some of our Search and Rescue #SAR Expert Group attendees, happy as you can see! https://t.co/RAAvMCN7Ch June 16 11:53 am

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
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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