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.

PPRD East 2 Civil Protection Training Programme aims to increase Partner Countries’ awareness of the opportunities offered by the new Union Civil Protection Mechanism and to develop skills and capabilities for improved participation to the Mechanism activities; it also aims to establish linkages between Partner Countries’ disaster risk management players and EU Member States civil protection officers so as to build an international civil protection community prepared to work together in case of major emergency.

The PPRD East 2 Civil Protection Training Programme is based on the same approach and curricula as the Union Civil Protection Mechanism courses and is organised in three levels: Basic, Operational Management and Advanced.

Basic Training Course (BAT) is an introduction to the state of the art of international disaster response: the disaster cycle, international response mechanisms, host nation support arrangements, coordination tools, civil protection and humanitarian assistance, civil-military cooperation, the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, the UN system and the cluster approach. BAT1 BAT2 BAT3 BAT4

The Operational Management Training Course (OPM) brings forward the discussion on the role and functions of international response players (the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, DG ECHO, UN agencies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and non-governmental organizations) and on the available coordination mechanisms and tools. The course introduces existing global Early Warning Systems, the set up of an On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC), team deployment procedures and safety and security measures. OPM CoursesDSC_0664_resize

The Advanced Training Course (ADT) focuses on most recent developments in the field of international disaster response and humanitarian assistance: the “new” Union Civil Protection Mechanism and its tools, the Transformative Agenda of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the IFRC initiatives for the development of International Disaster Relief Legislation. The course also includes presentations and discussions on good practices and lessons learnt from disasters both in Europe and worldwide. ADT Courses

DSC_0669_resizeHalf of the PPRD East 2 Civil Protection trainings’ participants will be officers of the Partner Countries’ national civil protection authorities and the other half will be officials of other national stakeholders with responsibilities in regard to host nation support, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Water Management, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the Police, the Border Control Authority and the Army.

The courses include a simulation exercise based on a fictitious crisis scenario.