PPRD East Final Conference: Taking Stock of the Results of the PPRD East Programme and Setting Priorities for Future Civil Protection Co-operation in the EU Eastern Partnership Region

Meeting or Conference
EU-funded Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Man-made and Natural Disasters in the ENPI East Region
13 Jun 2014
Belgium (Brussels)
Albert Borschette Conference Centre, 36 rue Froissart

Progress made in civil protection cooperation in the EU Eastern Neighborhood will be at the heart of the Final Conference of the EU-funded Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the ENPI East Region (PPRD East), to take place in Brussels on 13 June 2014. During the event, Ministers responsible for Civil Protection and Directors General of the National Disaster Management Authorities of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will meet with high representatives of the European Commission and the Civil Protections of the EU Member States to review the results achieved by the 4-year PPRD East Programme also in the light of the growing global concern with the impact of disasters. The main objective of the EUR 6-million PPRD East Programme is to contribute to the development of the Partner Countries’ civil protection and disaster risk management capacities and to bring them closer to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Its main achievements include the establishment of national procedures for requesting assistance by the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre, the creation of an environment conducive for regional cooperation and the promotion of EU disaster risk management practices, such as the provisions of the EU SEVESO Directives on industrial accidents which are being incorporated in the national legislation of Belarus and Azerbaijan. PPRD East Programme trainings and exercises on international cooperation during disaster response, and workshops on disaster prevention and preparedness were attended by over 1400 disaster management experts. The Programme’s studies and recommendations on the national civil protection systems triggered important advances in Partner Countries, such as in the inter-institutional coordination arrangements for disaster response in Georgia and Ukraine. The development of the Electronic Regional Risk Atlas (ERRA) increased the knowledge and awareness of disaster risk exposure in all six Partner Countries and the Programme also supported the implementation of awareness raising activities on the risk of fires, floods, earthquakes, landslides and industrial accidents which reached hundreds of thousands of people. The Conference will provide an opportunity to the Civil Protection Ministries and Directors General for networking, discussing the disaster risk management issues at stake in the regional agenda, drawing on the state of the art tools and methods of the Eastern Partnership cooperation on civil protection and preparing orientations for future regional collaboration initiatives in disaster prevention, preparedness and response.

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