Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies
Description/achievement of initiative

Reducing risk at the local level is fundamental. Civil society and NGOs have a prominent role in building preparedness capacities of local authorities and communities. A new Project on Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies at Local Level is being launched with the aim to reach a reduction in the number of losses of life and human suffering from emergencies, as well as to decrease disaster-related environmental and economic losses, through improved risk management and comprehensive preparedness measures as part of sustainable development. Local capacities for emergency preparedness will be developed and reinforced.

Implementation methodologies

Activities will be carried out mainly by integrating disaster preparedness into sustainable development at local level, promoting risk management and emergency preparedness activities in specific locations, networking, creating synergies, exchanging information and best practices, consultations, providing access to specialised expertise and knowledge, initiating and implementing capacity building projects at local level, convening conferences and workshops, and carrying out training courses and simulation exercises. Pilot project will be implemented in close cooperation with relevant actors in the spirit of Environmental Emergencies Partnership launched at WSSD in 2002.


Green Cross International with UNEP Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level (APELL), OCHA Environmental Emergencies Centre(EEC), ISDR, Global Fire Monitoring Centre (GFMC), Green Cross National Organizations
Deliverable Date
Local capabilities to deal with environmental emergencies are established and improved in 10-15 communities in selected developing countries 2015-12-31
Dialogue and communication on issues of emergency preparedness between local authorities, civil society, industry, the private sector, scientific community and international stakeholders are initiated in 20-30 specific locations 2015-12-31
Public at local and community level in potentially affected areas in Africa, Latin America, Central and South-East Asia is better aware of threats of environmental emergencies 2015-12-31
A global network of local actors for preparedness for environmental emergencies is created 2015-12-31
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Financing (in USD) $5,000,000
In-kind contribution Provision of experts in local disaster preparedness and contingency planning; assistance with dissemination of experience and good practices; support to representatives of local authorities and communities from developing countries to enable them to atten
Staff / Technical expertise 2-3 staff

  • Location: Bahia Blanca, Argentina; Ghana; Russian Federation; several countries in Africa, Central Asia, Latin America and South-East Asia
  • Date of completion: 2015-12-31
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Dr. Vladimir Sakharov, Project Manager,

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