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 EU Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks (2007/60/EC), often referred to as the EU Floods Directive (EUFD), came into force in 2007. It is a framework directive that requires Member States to assess if their water courses and coast lines are at risk from flooding, to map the flood extent and assets and humans at risk in these areas and to take adequate and coordinated measures to reduce flood risk preparing flood risk management plans.

The Directive also requires that the flood hazard and flood risk maps, and flood risk management plans are prepared in cooperation and coordination with neighbouring states in cross-border river basins.

PPRD East 2 is planning and implementing capacity building activities for the development of flood hazard maps and flood risk maps, for the preparation and adoption of floods risk management plans and for the definition of national roadmaps leading to the adoption of the EU Floods Directive in the Partner Countries. Sub-regional roadmaps will be also developed with specific focus on trans-boundary river basins at high risk of floods.

The PPRD East 2 capacity building actions for the approximation to the EU Floods Directive built upon available EU/national guidelines, regional flood management plans and existing strategies for the implementation of the EU Floods Directive. They also include the preparation of guidelines for Partner Countries on flood risk management that refer to all relevant requirements, stakeholders, challenges and costs indicated in the EU Floods Directive.

The PPRD East 2 national guidelines will address all stages of flood risk management, as described in the EU Floods Directive, from preliminary assessments to risk mapping, from stakeholder involvement and participation to the preparation of risk management plans.

The PPRD East 2 national and regional roadmaps for the adoption of the EU Flood Directive and the implementation of an integrated approach to flood risk management encompassing prevention, preparedness and response, will be also based on a coordinated multi-stakeholder approach, which is among key objectives for the national civil protection authorities of Partner Countries and for the Programme team.