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Next EPPR Working Group Meeting: Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, May 26-28, 2015

The next EPPR Working  Group meeting will be held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, 26-28 May, 2015. Please refer to the last meeting report for background on the work of the group; please see the Report tab.

An agenda and other documents will be provided to participants via the password area of the website.  Please register through your country head of delegation.

38th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response – June 2-4, 2015

The AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response is an international forum on preventing, assessing, containing, and cleaning up spills of hazardous materials in every type of environment. It also deals with solutions for remediating and rehabilitating contaminated sites.

The annual AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response is organized and sponsored by the Emergencies Science and Technology Section (ESTS) of Environment Canada.

The conference will be held June 2-4, 2015 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

For more information, please visit:

“Security Issues in Implementation of Economic and Infrastructural Projects in the Arctic” in Salekhard August 18-20, 2015

Emercom of Russia will host an international scientific – practical conference titled “Security Issues in Implementation of Economic and Infrastructural Projects in the Arctic” in Salekhard August 18-20, 2015.
This district is currently implementing large investment projects of global importance, including the modern production of liquefied natural gas on the Yamal Peninsula under the project “Yamal LNG” and the construction of Sabetta port.

The  Conference is part of the EPPR “Arctic rescue”  project led by the Russian Federation.

Participation is expected from high level legislative representative, Russian State government bodies, Ministries, state-private companies, scientific community, local government bodies, and search and rescue detachments.

Delegates to the conference will discuss a wide range of issues concerning comprehensive security in the Arctic, including the work of rescue forces in the North and fire protection in oil and gas industry.

Please send your applications, questions or concerns to the Conference Secretariat:
Contact person: Tatiana Naumova

Barents Rescue Exercise 2015: September 30 – October 1

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior will host a multi-sectoral Barents Rescue 2015 Exercise in Kittilä, Finland.

The objective of the exercise is multi-sectoral co-operation in the field of emergency prevention, preparedness and response between the four countries of the Barents region: Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. The co-operation and the bi-annual exercise are based on the Barents Agreement on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response in the Euro-Arctic Region between these four countries.

In the scenario, extreme weather conditions have caused severe shortcomings to the infrastructure with fatal consequences, a fire in the mine and a road accident involving a HAZMAT truck and a tourist bus.

Alarming procedures, communication and border crossing in the Barents area as well as the national Host Nation Support arrangements will be exercised during these two days.

Seminars and an exhibition will be included in the exercise programme.

Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Arctic Workshop – Presentations

On December 4, 2014, EPPR, invited guests and interested stakeholders participated  in a one day workshop on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Arctic.

The goals of the workshop were to learn about recent operational trials of using UAS in Arctic environments, discuss requirements for UAS for oil spill response activities, and also to outline opportunities to improve the utility of UAS technologies in Arctic environments.

The workshop was open to interested stakeholders.  Presentations from the workshop can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.


Flying beneath the clouds at the edge of the world: The use of a rotary UAS to survey marine mammals in the Aleutians
Dr. Kathryn Sweeney, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

AMAP Arctic Agreement Whitepaper on UAS airspace access in the Arctic
Operational Experience from other States
Dr. Rune Storvold, Northern Research Institute, Co-Chair of AMAP UAS Expert Group

UAS Operational Experiences in Singapore
Mr. Chan Heng Lum, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Surveys of Seals in the Bering Sea Pack Ice Using UAS
Dr. Erin Moreland, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

Use of UAS for Marine Mammal Observations in the Arctic
Dr. Robin Angliss, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory

Operational Experiences with UAS from the United States
Mr. Todd Jacobs – NOAA’s UAS Program Office

Arctic/High-Latitude Deployments of UAS Supporting Exploration on the US North Slope
Dr. Marty Rogers, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Chukchi Sea UAS Operations
Mr. Steve Wackowski, Tulugaq/UAF

Lessons Learned for Data Acquisition, Management and Visualization from UAS Data Surges
Mr. Mathew Dorsey and Mr. Zachary Winters-Staszak, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration