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Published: 01 Apr, 2019

Arctic Disaster Management project

NEWS The Red Cross in Finland have published a study on Artic disaster management

Text: Anngelica Kristoferqvist

The Arctic Disaster Management project is conducted as a part of the Finnish Border Guard’s Arctic Maritime Safety Cooperation project (SARC) for which the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has provided funding.  The first part of the project has been conducted during September 2017 – August 2018. The project continues in September 2018 – August 2019.

As a part of the project, Finnish Red Cross has compiled The Red Cross Arctic Disaster Management Study, which is the first attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of the presence, services and response capacity of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in the Arctic.

National Red Cross Societies from the United States (Alaska), Canada, Iceland, Denmark (including Greenland and Faroe Islands), Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia provided information for the study. 

The Arctic is a vast northern area, characterised by severe conditions and challenging geography. The spectrum of possible risks in the Arctic is wide, ranging from Arctic cruise ship accidents to oil-spills and natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides.

With the increasing activities related to trade, shipping, resource extraction and growing Arctic tourism, the possible risks and vulnerabilities in the area are growing as well.

Read more about the project and find the study on Red Cross. .