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.

This third issue of our newsletter focuses on the results the PPRD East 2 Flagship Initiative has achieved at mid-term of its implementation. We have decided to cross-interview the manager of the Programme, Mr Jean-François Moret, and the Steering Committee members of each of the six PPRD East 2 Partner Countries: this way, we propose a wide overview of where the project stands today, but as well opinions, comments and suggestions on how we could make together the best possible use of the remaining time and resources before the Programme ends in November 2018.

An important part of the Programme deals with the strengthening of civil protection capacities of the Partner Countries. For that purpose, a series of training courses and table-top exercises were arranged during 2015-2017 and the final test of the programme is the conduct of a full-scale field exercise, named EU MOLDEX 2017, in September 2017 near Chisinau, Moldova.

A new and creative instrument providing a set of essential information to understand, elaborate and strengthen civil protection volunteerism systems is now available for PPRD East 2 Programme’s Partner Countries.

The “Assessment tool for comparative analysis of civil protection volunteerism” has been developed by the EU funded “Balkans and Europe for Development of Resilience Initiatives Project (BE DRIN)”,  and it has been subsequently adapted by the PPRD East 2 Programme experts to be used as an assessment instrument by the PPRD East 2 Programme’s Partner Countries.

The aim of this document is to provide guidelines and references for approaching the implementation of the EU Floods Directive 2007/60/EC1 for PPRD East2 six partner countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In particular, the operational description of the different phases of the EU Floods Directive are reported and shown with the aid of some experiences of European Community Member States. These Guidelines are related to Activity area A.1 of PPRD East2 programme capacity building for the implementation of the EU Floods Directive and for addressing flood prevention. The document also summarizes the current status of practices in the area of flood risk management and the approximation to the EU Floods Directive (EUFD) in six partner countries as better described in the county profiles.