Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries

EU-funded Flagship Initiative increasing disaster risk management capacities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

After a first round in February of bilateral meetings with partner countries, in April 2015 the first cycle of National/Country Advisory Group meetings has been conducted – on 8 April in Ukraine, on 16 April in Belarus, on 21 April in Armenia, on 23 April in Moldova, and on 28 April in Georgia. The 1st NAG meeting in Azerbaijan was conducted on 2 June 2015. The objective of all meetings was to present the PPRD East 2 Programme, its Work Plan and the Plan of Action for 2015.

PPRD East 2 Programme will be implemented in five Activity Areas. Activity Area A will address the approximation of Partner Countries to the EU Floods Directive, development and/or further improvement of national risk assessments as well as the improvement of Partner Countries’ legislative and institutional civil protection/disaster risk management framework. Activity Area B is focusing on Civil Protection Training Programme, while Activity Area C will address further development of Electronic Regional Risk Atlas (ERRA – developed within the PPRD East Phase 1) and on improving national Disaster Loss Data collection and processing. Activity Area D is focusing on Raising Awareness about Disasters, while the Activity Area E includes fostering Volunteerism in disaster risk management, ensuring Programme visibility and Programme management.

The focus in 2015 will be on civil protection basic training (four Basic Training courses will be conducted at the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) Emergency Services College, located at Tinglev, Denmark), and on the assessment of nine PPRD East 2 thematic topics: flood risk management and approximation to the EU Floods Directive, Disaster Risk Assessment, Disaster Loss Data collection and processing, inclusion of Disaster Risk Reduction in public spending, EU approach to Civil Protection Volunteerism, Host Nation Support, raising awareness about disaster, ERRA, and information and data sharing and INSPIRE Directive.

Representatives of the key beneficiaries as well as national civil protection and disaster risk managements stakeholders – representatives from other Governmental institutions and agencies, scientific and academic communities, NGOs, donors and media, discussed with the PPRD East 2 Expert Team the adopted Work Plan, and agreed on the proposed implementation modality and planned activities.