The Environmental Emergencies Guidelines

The Environmental Emergencies Guidelines

2nd Edition

Posted by eecentre:

The response to the environmental impacts of large scale, sudden-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as well as industrial accidents, often requires technical expertise that exceeds the capacity of the affected state. For the purpose of these guidelines, an environmental emergency has been defined as a sudden onset disaster or accident resulting from natural, technological or other human-induced factors, or a combination of these, that cause or threaten to cause severe environmental damage as well as loss to human lives and property.

Often, governments in countries affected by environmental emergencies may seek expertise and resources available from the international community to manage such crises. In such cases, international support may be provided bilaterally – directly from one country to the affected country or multilaterally, through international entities like the United Nations Environment / Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Unit (JEU).

These guidelines focus specifically on the roles and responsibilities of regional and international institutions and frameworks in emergency response. As such, they do not in detail cover the prevention, preparedness and recovery phases of an emergency – which are highly important elements of risk management for which a variety of other support mechanisms exist. For more information on these mechanisms, please refer to section 2.4 on
Preparedness for Response as well as to the external links and resources listed.

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To learn more about how international environmental emergency response functions, take the renewed Beyond Response: Better preparedness for environmental emergencies course available on the EEC Learning Centre.


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