Environmental Emergency Preparedness Programme

The world has seen a dramatic increase in the frequency and magnitude of natural and manmade disasters, which severely affect lives, livelihoods and the environment. Disasters and emergencies kill and displace many people, and cause substantial economic, social and environmental damage. The impact of such events, including degradation of vital ecosystems, also undermines sustainable development. 

Local communities are at the forefront of any response to such disasters, including manmade industrial and technological emergencies. Reducing risk at the local level is, therefore, fundamental. 
 
Green Cross International (GCI) has a long history of addressing the consequences of disasters, such as the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear emergencies, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. GCI developed its Environmental Emergency Preparedness programme to help vulnerable communities prepare for environmental emergencies. 
 

What we do

As more people and assets are located in areas of high risk, there is an increasing need for measures taken at national and local levels to improve risk management and preparedness for various disasters. New investments must incorporate disaster risk reduction and mitigation measures, otherwise exposure to risk will continue to rise.

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