We provide tools and expertise to help stakeholders prepare for emergencies and account for the environmental risks and benefits of extraction.
Accounting for risks and benefits
Through Proteus, a collaboration of UN Environment-World Conservation Monitoring Centre and 11 major mining and oil and gas companies, and the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, biodiversity data has been integrated into extractive development decisions for over a decade, allowing the avoidance of impact on globally, regionally and nationally important species and areas of biodiversity.
Preparing for environmental emergencies is essential to reducing the secondary impacts of the disaster and allowing for an effective response and timely recovery. The Environmental Emergencies Centre (EEC), founded in 2012, is an initiative of the UN Environment/OCHA Joint Environment Unit, developed in close coordination with the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies. The EEC is a one-stop-shop for information, tools, trainings and guidance to inform a more prepared and effective response to environmental emergencies. The EEC is for anyone – communities and governments alike – seeking to increase their ability to respond effectively when disasters strike.
UN Environment’s APELL programme (Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level) has been working since 1986 to reduce industrial risks and raise awareness and local capacity to respond in the event of an emergency. The Global APELL Platform provides a forum for APELL experts to promote the programme at the local level in over 40 countries.