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Preventing and responding to emergencies

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.

Featured publications

thumb Radiological / nuclear risk assessment in the Arctic EPPR Consensus Report
thumb Arctic Oil Pollution Research and Development Workshop Report
thumb RADSAR report: Sharing of competence within search and rescue ina maritime radiological/nuclear scenario
thumb Planning Guidance For MOSPA Exercises
thumb EPPR ARCSAFE Summary Status Report
thumb Oil Spill Preparedness in Small Communities

News

Status check: The Arctic Council’s work on addressing Arctic wildland fires

A conversation between Morten Høglund and Edward Alexander on the Chairship Wildland Fires Initiative
08 Jul 2024

The changing tides of Arctic shipping: how new fuels impact the Arctic

The Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) ban in Arctic waters comes into effect 1 July 2024.However, new fuels in use because of tightening regulations could have a far worse environment...
01 Jul 2024

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
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