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.

Disater risk information sharing is at many level one way to improve disaster risk knowledge and perception throughout institutions that carry responsibilities in terms of civil protection actions as well as in strategic planning, down to the citizens. Web based ICT platforms represent a powerful tool to reach this goal. The EU-funded Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries (PPRD East 2 Programme) has developed and is maintaining a dedicated web platform called Electronic Regional Risk Atlas (ERRA). The Atlas will be a support for the Partner Countries for the collection and visualisation of disaster risk assessment related information as well as in enhancing the understanding of disaster hazards and respective disaster risks existing on particular geographic territory. Although the responsibility of collection and dissemination of disaster risk information sits with the entrusted institutions in the Partner Countries, the PPRD East 2 Programme intends to guide the process in a coordinated way so that exchanges of information among institutions within one Partner Country and among the different Partner Countries are enhanced.

One key milestone of this path is the Regional Workshop held in Kyiv on the 14 – 15 June 2016. The event was co-hosted by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU). The workshop’s main objectives were to discuss and agree with key national stakeholders on the improvements and new features needed to be introduced to the existing platform, from the ICT and from the programmatic point of view, as well as in regard to disaster risk assessment methodologies that will be addressed by the PPRD East 2 Programme in Partner Countries. The ERRA Regional Workshop hosted four disaster risk assessment practitioners from each of the six PPRD East 2 Partner Countries that discussed about how to improve the present version of ERRA and how to make the information that will be showcased by the platform useful for the Partner Countries and compliant with the main directives and guidelines produced by the EU in this field: the EU Floods Directive, the EU Risk Assessment Guidelines, the INSPIRE Directive, and the Guidelines on the collection of Loss Data.