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.

Today, experiences proved that well-trained and equipped volunteers working within fully established legal and organisational framework might provide significant support to national civil protection authorities during all phases of disaster risk management – prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation. But how to develop and establish a national civil protection volunteerism?

This issue was addressed during a 2-day Regional Workshop on Civil Protection Volunteerism in Minsk, Belarus on 30-31 May 2017, organised by the PPRD East 2 Programme, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus.

The objective of the Regional Workshop was to provide the Partner Countries’ experts a regional forum and opportunity to present the progress they made, and to share the experience in developing and establishing the national civil protection volunteerism legal and institutional system. In addition, the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative will be presented, as a potential source of further support for the development of civil protection volunteerism in Partner Countries.