Partners

The EEC Partners actively contributes to advocacy and policy development, in order to ensure that more countries are not only better prepared to respond to crisis, but also more resilient towards recurring disasters. These Networks and Partners work to raise awareness of the potential risks and impacts of environmental emergencies, which is the core belief of the EEC

Global Partners

  • World Health Organization (WHO): WHO is the UN specialised agency for health and chairs the UN Health Cluster during emergencies. WHO is a decentralised organization with a headquarters, six regional offices and 150 country offices. In most countries affected by environmental emergencies there will already be a WHO presence to assist with response. http://www.who.int/en/
  • The UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention: The UNECE Industrial Convention is a regional instrument that seeks to protect people and the environment against industrial accidents, especially those with transboundary effects, by instituting measures to prevent, prepare for and respond to such accidents. The Convention has currently 41 Parties, including the European Union, and will soon be open for accession by United Nations Member States outside the UNECE region. http://www.unece.org/env/teia/pointsofcontact.html
  • The International Maritime Organization (IMO): IMO adopted over 50 international conventions addressing various marine issues, several of which contain measures to prevent, prepare for, and respond to maritime accidents. Some of the IMO Conventions are relevant to emergency response to marine pollution incidents, particularly the 1990 International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC Convention), and the 2000 Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances (OPRC-HNS Protocol). http://www.imo.org/en/About/Pages/ContactUs.aspx
  • The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands ratified by 169 countries, provides a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development globally. http://www.ramsar.org/
  • The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC): The Global Fire Monitoring Center provides an international portal for documentation, information and monitoring for the early warning of wildfire threats and events in near real time. In case of a large wildland fire that threatens national resources and/or national interests and thus requires response by the international community, the country affected may request information regarding response measures by using contact information. http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/

Regional Partners

  • The European Union: The Union Civil Protection Mechanism is an initiative of the European Commission to constitute a framework for cooperation in disaster preparedness, prevention and response. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) operates within the European Commission Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation (ECHO), and acts as a coordination hub to facilitate coherent European response during emergencies. http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/civil-protection/mechanism_en
  • Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA): CDEMAprovides coordinated response to natural andhuman-induced hazards to CDEMA ParticipatingStates in the Caribbean Region. CDEMA alsosupports the building of disaster responsecapabilities, mobilizes and coordinates disasterrelief, provides comprehensive emergencyinformation and promotes disaster loss reduction. http://www.cdema.org/;
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): SCOis a regional international intergovernmentalorganization established by the Republic ofKazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China,the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation,the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic ofUzbekistan. In the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization MemberStates cooperate in the political, economic,cultural and humanitarian spheres, including thearea of prevention and liquidation of emergencysituations. http://sectsco.org/

Networks

  • Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies: The Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies review the work of the Joint Unit and advise the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. The SAGEE serve as a principal advisory group to OCHA and UNEP, informing the development of policies related to environmental emergencies. Specifically, the SAGEE provide independent high-level strategic direction and advice on issues related to environmental emergencies. The SAGEE was established by the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE).
  • “Network of JEU Environmental Emergency Response Providers”: The network of response providers support international response to environmental emergencies and disasters with environmental impacts by providing technical experts at no cost to affected member states. As of March 2016, the following are registered with the JEU as providers of assistance to international environmental emergencies : Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the (European) Union Civil Protection Mechanism, UNEP, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Veolia Environment Foundation;
  • “Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Industrial and Chemical Accidents”: The main goal of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group is to bring together organizations and institutions involved in the prevention of, preparedness for and response to industrial/chemical accidents, with the aim to create an international platform allowing for the exchange of information on each other’s work programmes/activities and to foster inter-agency cooperation;
  • Union Civil Protection Mechanism: TheUnion Civil Protection Mechanism is an initiative of the European Commission to constitute a framework for cooperation in disaster preparedness, prevention and response. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) operates within the European Commission Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation (ECHO),and acts as a coordination hub to facilitate coherent European response during emergencies. http://ec.europa.eu/echo/what/civil-protection/mechanism_en
  • International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG): INSARAG is a global network of more than 80 countries and organisations under the United Nations umbrella. INSARAG deals with urban search and rescue (USAR) related issues, aiming to establish minimum international standards for USAR teams and methodology for international coordination in earthquake response based on the INSARAG Guidelines endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly. http://www.insarag.org/
  • “OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents”: The OECD Chemical Accidents Programme works in co-operation with other international organisations on three areas: 1) developing common principles and policy guidance on prevention of, preparedness for, and response to chemical accidents; 2) analysing issues of concern and making recommendations concerning best practices, and 3) facilitating the sharing of information and experience between both OECD and non-member countries. The Working Group on Chemical Accidents meets annually and also organizes workshops on specific topics. https://www.oecd.org/chemicalsafety/chemical-accidents/
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