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.

The conclusion of the Civil Protection Training Programme within PPRD East 2 will be a full scale field exercise with the participation of rescue teams from each of the six Partner Countries, as well as civil protection experts from Participating States to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, EU Civil Protection Teams and other interested professionals. An Observers’ EUDANEX 109Programme will be organised.

The purpose of the full scale field exercise is to test the ability of the participating teams to work together and solve rescue tasks in cooperation with teams from other countries. The emphasis will be placed on international cooperation, but the exercise will also provide the opportunity for the host country to engage its host nation support capacities.

The exercise is planned to take place in Moldova starting on 18 September 2017. The scenario will include an earthquake causing building collapse and rupture of a dam leading to floods. It will also include a transport accident with hazardous chemicals. The exercise planning was initiated by a Lessons Learnt Workshop in Minsk on 27-28 September 2016. Detailed planning will be conducted at a first Planning Conference on 1-2 March 2017 and a second Planning Conference on 14-15 June 2017. The exercise will be followed by a lessons learned conference to ensure that the experience gained during the exercise is incorporated in the national civil protection systems of all six PPRD East 2 Partner Countries.