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  PPRD East Programme is the EU-funded Flagship Initiative for increasing disaster risk management capacities of Eastern Partnership societies and improving protection of populations from the negative consequences of natural and man-made disasters in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The first phase of the Programme, December 2010 – September 2014, achieved important progress in:

  • increasing disaster risk awareness in Eastern Partnership countries,
  • improvement of disaster risk information management at national level,
  • development of knowledge on risk exposure and vulnerability to five hazards – earthquakes, floods, forest fires, landslides and industrial,
  • enhancing the linkages among national civil protection authorities of Partner Countries and the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, and in particular with the Emergency Response Coordination Centre, and in
  • the development of national preparedness measures to work efficiently with international assistance in case of major disasters.

The 5.5 million euro Phase 2 of the Programme – December 2014/November 2018 – is building on the achievements of Phase 1 and is focusing its efforts on:

  • approximation of the Partner Countries’ legal and institutional frameworks to EU legislation and good practices in the area of civil protection and disaster risk management,
  • strengthening civil protection capacities of Partner Countries through joint trainings and exercises,
  • further development and putting in practical use the Electronic Regional Risk Atlas, and
  • raising awareness about disasters.

PPRD East 2 is working either at regional level (the six Partner Countries together) or at national level. At the regional level, PPRD East 2 is addressing regional cooperation and the cooperation the cooperation with the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and its Participating States. Activities at national level are demand driven and reflect national disaster risk management needs and priorities, and specific national civil protection contexts.