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News: Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response

New educational video launched to help Arctic communities respond to oil spill pollution

The video, developed by Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group (EPPR), is the third and final in a series devoted to oil spill preparedness and res...
08 Mar 2024

The Norwegian Chairship at Arctic Frontiers 2024

The Norwegian Chairship of the Arctic Council (2023-2025) hosted a series of side events at the Arctic Frontiers conference 2024 in Tromsø, Norway. Find the recordings of...
22 Jan 2024

Interview with Ole Kristian Bjerkemo, EPPR Chair

Ole Kristian Bjerkemo may be the newest Chair of the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group (EPPR), but EPPR is no stranger to him. Ole Kristian ha...
02 Nov 2023

A new format to strengthen Arctic wildland fire cooperation

The Arctic Wildland Fire Sharing Circle brought together diverse voices to share projects, tools and research to start new conversations and build networks to tackle Arct...
01 Mar 2022

Quiz: Which 2021 Arctic Council report should you read based on your interests?

In 2021, the Arctic Council's Working and Expert Groups released over 50 new reports on topics including climate change, emergency response, biodiversity, Arctic shipping...
25 Oct 2021

Safe Arctic - Inter-Agency Experimental Research Exercise in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation

The Russian Federation held a series of exercises and events 7-8 September 2021 throughout its Arctic zone as a part of the Russian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and...
23 Sep 2021

Introducing the new EPPR Chair: “Emergencies do not recognize boundaries on a map”

Kathy Nghiem is the new Chair of the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group. She brings with her a diverse background and a love of people –...
15 Jul 2021

Are we prepared for a radiation emergency in the Arctic?

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

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

Women of the Arctic Council: 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

EPPR helps small communities prepare for oil spill risks with launch of educational video

The video creates awareness on impacts and risks of oil spills and challenges they may create in small communities
01 Dec 2020

As millions of acres burn in the Arctic, creating a common language around wildfire management is key

Record-setting wildfire seasons are becoming a new normal in the Arctic. While uncontrolled wildfires are devastating, could fire also be a tool for biodiversity and miti...
07 Sep 2020

Using data to improve oil spill response in the Arctic

The Arctic is undergoing rapid environmental and social changes. As human activity increases in the region, so does the risk of oil spills.
25 Aug 2020

Arctic Marine Risk Assessment Guideline launched

The Guideline aims to improve safety of Arctic marine operations by incorporating Arctic-specific risk factors not covered by existing guidelines.
20 Apr 2020

Put into reality: EPPR looks into the VIKING SKY incident

At its first Working Group meeting during the Icelandic Chairmanship, the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group held a workshop on the VIKI...
22 Aug 2019

Wildfires don’t respect territorial boundary lines

The Arctic is experiencing its worst wildfire season on record, affecting the environment and communities in the circumpolar North and beyond.
07 Aug 2019

Interview with EPPR Chair Peter Holst-Andersen

"I think we are getting better at rescuing people and protecting the environment through the work we are doing in EPPR."
27 Jun 2019
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