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.

May 18-22, 2015 Activity C Further development of the ERRA

The Regional Workshop on Electronic Regional Risk Atlas (ERRA) organised in Tbilisi, Georgia on 18-22 May 2015 represented the first stage for activity C1 – Further Development of Electronic Regional Risk Atlas (ERRA). ERRA is a thematic Web Geo-Portal hosting disaster related information that was developed under PPRD East Programme Phase 1 and put in practical use by Partner Countries.

Originally two 3-day workshops were planned to address separately ERRA interoperability possibilities and related Use Cases development, ERRA basic Use Cases development and evolutionary maintenance, including assessment of the current status of ERRA implementation and its utilisation in the Partner Countries. The group of experts involved in the two originally foreseen workshops strongly overlaps, especially with regards to Expert Users (who maintain and feed information into ERRA) that are an important link between General Users (who consult ERRA for decision making) on one side and ICT Experts (who maintain the ERRA IT System) on the other. On this basis, the two initially planned workshops were combined into one 5-days workshop organised as follows:

1st Phase – ERRA INTEROPERABILITY, 18 – 19 MAY 2015, 30 participants

Objective: Describing from an End User point of view the present system, clarify the EU initiatives that can be linked to the ERRA platform and address their interoperability with ERRA. Assess the current implementation status and use of ERRA in Partner Countries. Presenters from JRC, WMO and UNISDR, either in person or through remote sessions, described a variety of services that could be linked to the platform.

Outcomes: Preliminary consensus has been reached on the data and platform that are more relevant and could be linked to ERRA. Concept of Use Cases and identification of Use Cases relevant to interoperability has been described and discussed, including the definition of priorities in the implementation.

2nd Phase – ERRA BASIC USE CASES DEFINITION, 20 – 21 MAY 2015, 24 participants

Objective: Describe ERRA IT architecture from an Advanced User point of view, definition of the advantages and drawback of the current implementation, enabling an Expert User to update/modify ERRA content and user profile.

Outcomes: All bugs/problems/issues with the current ERRA version were listed. Preliminary identification of Use Cases to increase the usability of the ERRA platform undertaken.

3rd PHASE – ERRA ADVANCED COURSE FOR ICT EXPERTS PERIOD, 21-22 MAY 2015, 12 participants

Objectives: Undertake detailed analysis of the IT system design architecture from the Expert User point of view, thus providing an advanced angle for developers and ICT Experts, with the aim of enabling the installation/maintenance of the present system.

Outcomes: Roadmap for advanced use cases and proposed modification to the present system including software updates and installation updates developed. All Regional Workshop participants were selected by Partner Countries according to the above objectives and requirements provided before the workshop. ERRA related activities have two main goals:

  •  To ensure that the Partner Countries are using at the maximum possible level disaster risk assessment related information in their work. PPRD East 2 will provide also political support for this to happen through institutional assistance and assessment of the legal framework. The two main application areas being contingency planning, and strategic planning (mitigation plans, urban/development plans).
  •  To support information sharing at sub-regional and regional level on:
    •  Methodologies for Disaster Risk Assessment
    •  Properly homogenisation of data and information (Real Time data related to emergencies, strategic planning data)
    •  Common repository.

These objectives were constructively discussed with and among participants and a first roadmap for the further development of the ERRA platform has been drafted, which is now included in each updated Country Profile.

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