The Environmental Emergencies Centre (EEC) is an online preparedness tool designed to enable an effective response to the environmental dimensions of emergencies. The EEC provides users with a one-stop-shop of information, tools, trainings and guidance and is targeted to Member States, international organizations, civil society, academia and private sector who want to learn more about preparedness for, and response to, environmental emergencies.

About the EEC

Environmental emergencies1 are defined as sudden onset disasters or accidents resulting from natural, technological or human-induced factors, or a combination of these that cause or threaten to cause severe environmental damage as well as loss of human lives and property.

The EEC was established in 2012 with financial and in-kind support of Member States. The UN Environment Programme / UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Joint Environment Unit acts as the custodian of the site. The EEC draws on the resources, services and expertise of EEC partners (link to Partner network page), allowing users to draw on a wide range of tools and services. The EEC is designed for everyone, communities and governments alike, seeking training, knowledge, experience and good practice to strengthen preparedness and effective response to environmental emergencies and disasters.

The EEC features:

The Environmental Emergencies Centre is hosted by the UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit (JEU). We invite everyone to contribute to the EECentre and to help us improve the tool by keeping it up to date! Send your improvements, guidance, comments and suggestions to the JEU at:

1 UNEP/GC.22/INF/5,13 November 2002

About the UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit

The United Nations Environment Programme /Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Environment Unit, which is in charge of the EEC, is housed within OCHA’s Response Support Branch in Geneva. Founded in 1994, it helps Member States prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies.

Read more about the Joint Environment Unit here.

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