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Arctic Emergency Management Conference

Emergency management in the Arctic is a fast-changing landscape. There have been many developments to emergency prevention, preparedness and response, while at the same time, risk factors and environmental and social conditions are rapidly changing.


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When: 18-20 March 2025

Where: Bodø, Norway

What: One of the first international conferences dedicated to a holistic view of Arctic emergency management

Who: The conference is part of the official program of the Norwegian Chairship of the Arctic Council (2023-2025). The Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group of the Arctic Council (EPPR) is a main organizer in cooperation with Nord University

This is one of the first international conferences dedicated to a holistic view of Arctic emergency management. The conference will provide a platform for discussions, information exchange and advancing work on emergency management in the Arctic. It will highlight the importance and interconnectedness of different aspects of emergency prevention, preparedness and response in the Arctic.

The Arctic faces unique circumstances that affect and complicate emergency preparedness and response. Further, climate change and emerging risks in the region add to the complexity and frequency of possible incidents and disasters. As Arctic inhabitants, especially Indigenous Peoples, face the effects and risks posed by the changing environment, better understanding, capacity building and cooperation on all levels from local to global must be strengthened.

This conference is part of the official program of the Norwegian Chairship of the Arctic Council (2023-2025).

About EPPR

The Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group of the Arctic Council (EPPR) strives to be the premier international forum for collaboration on Arctic emergency issues in order to advance risk mitigation and improve response capacity and capabilities in the Arctic.

EPPR implements projects and activities to enhance cooperation, information sharing, data collection and addressing gaps in the field of Arctic emergencies. EPPR's main areas of work include:

  • Capacity building and improving understanding of Arctic emergencies
  • Development of guidance and risk assessment tools and best practices
  • Coordination and preparation of Arctic response exercises
  • Maintaining and supporting MOSPA and SAR Agreements
  • Knowledge and information sharing

Learn more about EPPR.

About Nord University

Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. Through research, education and social engagement, Nord University contributes to the creation of a sustainable future. In cooperation with society, business and industry in Northern and Central Norway, our 11,500 students and 1,350 staff promote innovative solutions and knowledge-based practice, both locally and internationally. Nord University has four strategic focus areas: blue and green growth, sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship, societal security, and health, welfare and education. Nord University has an ambition to strengthen research within risk assessment, emergency preparedness and international development.

The Center for Crisis Management and Collaboration contributes to the realization of the university's focus area within Societal Security. The Center for research, education and competence development has a special focus within the fields of emergency preparedness, exercises and collaboration in the Arctic. At the core of the center is NORDLAB, an exercise and simulator laboratory which offers facilities in Bodø for carrying out various types of exercises, research, dialogue with emergency response actors and dissemination of knowledge.

The Center for Crisis Management and Collaboration is organized under the Business School. Nord University Business School educates tomorrow’s economists, leaders and innovators. Through close cooperation with business and industry, the public sector and the community, Nord University Business School provides relevant education and research of an international standard.

Learn more about Nord University.

Questions? Contact EPPR Secretariat