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United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) APELL Programme

Since 1988, UN Environment has been leading the Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level (APELL) Programme to reduce possible industrial risks at local level, raise awareness and build local capacity to respond to emergencies.

With a multi-stakeholder and multi-hazard approach, APELL empowers the local community to build preparedness capacity, and supports governments and communities initiatives, to minimise the occurrence and harmful effects of technological hazards and environmental emergencies.

APELL has three (3) specific objectives:
  • Identify and create awareness of hazards and risks
  • Initiate measures for risk reduction, accident prevention and mitigation
  • Develop coordinated preparedness among the local industry, authorities and community
APELL is aligned and supportive of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted for 2015-2030. The Sendai Framework covers technological and natural hazards, and highlights the importance of Na-Techs (technological hazards triggered by natural events); and emphasizes the need to focus on local level, especially local authorities and local community, having a multi-stakeholder approach. In particular, the APELL Programme contributes to the Sendai Framework Priority 1 on “Understanding risk” and Priority 4 on “Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response”.
In this context, in 2015 UN Environment launched the Second Edition of the APELL Handbook, highlighting the importance of an integrated local level multi-hazard approach, and the relevance of engaging different stakeholders. APELL is also relevant and contributes to the Strategic Approach to Internationals Chemicals Management (SAICM) 2020 goal, on achieving sound management of chemicals.

The APELL Programme has been successfully introduced in over 30 countries worldwide, to prepare communities for industrial accidents leading to multi-stakeholder preparedness efforts and long-standing partnerships at local level. Specific APELL guidance materials have been developed for sectors such as transport, port areas, mining and tourism destinations, which are subject to risks from multiple or combined hazards.

The Global APELL Network provides a forum for APELL Experts promoting the APELL programme at local level over 40 countries, across different geographies such as Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

The APELL Network aims to:
  • Provide access to unique expertise and up-to date sources of knowledge about environmental emergency preparedness at the global, regional, national and local levels by offering APELL related tools and guidelines;
  • Offer a space to promote sharing lessons learned from APELL implementation worldwide among the peers;
  • Facilitate partnership building between governments, the private sector and the community;
  • Support the identification, dissemination and replication of best practices on APELL;
  • Support identification of the needs of APELL practitioners; and
  • Provide access news and events on APELL worldwide

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