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.

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Risk Assessment methods and metadata
A common approach to marine risk assessment in the Arctic region.
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Circumpolar Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis (CORSVA)
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...
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Prevention, Preparedness and Response for small communities
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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
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New Observer: The International Maritime Organization

IMO attaches a particular interest in the Council’s work on search and rescue, pollution response and maritime safety, as well as in the protection of the marine environm...
23 Jul 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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