The Environmental Response Network
by Lydia Cerbelle, Green Cross UK June 2003

The Environmental Response Network (ERN) is a project of Green Cross UK. It has grown out of a three year project to test the feasibility of establishing an environmental resource related to disasters. It is expected to become operational in the summer of 1999.

The overall objective of the ERN is to offer a resource comprising environmental expertise, information and training related to disasters in order to:

  • help integrate environmental considerations into emergency preparedness and response mechanisms;
  • promote sustainable long-term reconstruction following a disaster;
  • link environmental knowledge and expertise to the decision-making process in disaster management.

The ERN will support and integrate with existing initiatives taken by local, national and international agencies. Environmental specialists will be selected by a rigorous process developed with RedR, complementing RedR’s register of relief personnel. They will be trained and available to work in pre- and post-disaster situations.

Environmental information on disasters will support these specialists and will be made available to organisations involved in disaster management. Green Cross is an associate of AlertNet and this information will be accessible through this site.

For more information, or to discuss collaboration, contact:

Green Cross UK
Mellennium House
Kingston University
21 Eden Street
Tel: (+44) 208 547 8274
Fax: (+44) 208 547 7789