Environmental emergencies: recovery

Damage assessment and restoration

Once the immediate emergency has ended and the initial clean-up has been done, there are often still lingering and long-term environmental impacts. Recovery activities are designed to examine these possible long-term impacts through damage assessment. During this phase, experts determine the nature and extent of the pollution incident.

Once the damage assessment is complete, restoration begins. During restoration there are priorities assigned to the most important areas. This is also the phase where there might be damage restoration or compensation sought from the polluter, such as a court award to the Environmental Damages Fund.

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