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

Chair 2023-2025
Norway

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About EPPR

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).
Ole Kristian Bjerkemo
EPPR Chair

Kathy Nghiem

EPPR Vice-Chair
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Nina Ågren

Executive Secretary
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EPPR Publications

thumb Low Sulphur Fuels in the Arctic
thumb Arctic Wildland Fire Sharing Circle Summary Report
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 Arctic Guardian joint table-top exercise - After Action Report

EPPR News

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
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