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Disaster risk reduction in Armenia: Launch of DIPECHO IV

30 June 2016
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The disaster risk reduction programmes of the European Union are implemented to reduce the impact of natural disasters in particularly vulnerable areas. The regional programme for South Caucasus is under the Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO) of the EU, which fourth phase was launched on 28 June 2016. The programme is being implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society and OXFAM Armenia, in partnership with OxYGen foundation, UNICEF, UNDP, and Save the Children. It will run until the end of 2017 and be carried out in close collaboration with the Armenian Ministries of Emergency Situations, Science, Territorial Administration and Development, and the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The programme aims at making communities in areas prone to natural hazards less vulnerable, and to boost their resilience to natural and man-made hazards. The humanitarian partner organisations will work in Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Tavush, Armavir, Syunik marzes and Yerevan, with a special focus on the needs of children, women and persons with disabilities. DIPECHO partners are working in close collaboration with government stakeholders to include disaster management and risk reduction in national, regional and local emergency management; in the shorter term this will reduce reaction times when disaster strikes, and in the longer term reduce disaster risks. Through its large scope of activities, the programme will also strengthen cooperation in disaster risk reduction between other relevant national and regional structures in the South Caucasus.
13533341_1049708831749712_8371406029852970514_nThe Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, talked about the EU’s commitment to support Armenia in risk reduction: ‘I have been in Armenia for a long time and this is not my first time at a DIPECHO launch. The EU has supported Armenia and its citizens in many different ways; safety is an important field of cooperation. When you learn something at school, you always come to the same idea – what I learned during my studies was that, on a long-term analysis of growth, what is important and what ensures sustainable long-term goals is how you manage risk. For example, when an earthquake or other natural disasters happen, it all hinges on what you did before it’.
Hamlet Hakobyan, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, welcomed DIPECHO’s extension: ‘Just a few months ago we had the closing ceremony of the third phase of DIPECHO in this same hall. During that event, all of us highly appreciated the achivements of the project’s partner organisations, and special attention was paid to the format of cooperation formed between the ministries, the Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform and the partner organisations. I hope that our efforts will continue and expand – today we witness the justification of our hopes, for which I congratulate all of us’.
Armenian Deputy Minister of Education and Science Manuk Mkrtchyan stressed the importance of this programme in Armenia: ‘When it comes to pupils and schools, we are implementing several projects on developing curricula in this area. The importance of this project is not only that we are working to create a safe learning process, but also including civil society, which is very important for pupils. They have an opportunity to engage with representatives of different sectors, talk to experts, and discuss important issues; all these have a very good impact on the educational process’.
This is the fourth phase of the DIPECHO programme in the South Caucasus. Since 2010, considerable efforts have been made to reduce the vulnerability of public schools, as well as special schools, pre-schools and child facilities. Support for disaster preparedness has been provided to target communities with the aim of increasing their capacity to protect lives and livelihoods and of mitigating the impact of disasters and climate change. In addition, evacuation, fire protection and other disaster risk reduction training activities have been conducted.

Disaster risk reduction in Armenia: Launch of DIPECHO IV

The disaster risk reduction programmes of the European Union are implemented to reduce the impact of natural disasters in particularly vulnerable areas. The regional programme for South Caucasus is under the Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO) of the EU, which fourth phase was launched on 28 June 2016. The programme is being implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society and OXFAM Armenia, in partnership with OxYGen foundation, UNICEF, UNDP, and Save the Children. It will run until the end of 2017 and be carried out in close collaboration with the Armenian Ministries of Emergency Situations, Science, Territorial Administration and Development, and the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The programme aims at making communities in areas prone to natural hazards less vulnerable, and to boost their resilience to natural and man-made hazards. The humanitarian partner organisations will work in Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Tavush, Armavir, Syunik marzes and Yerevan, with a special focus on the needs of children, women and persons with disabilities. DIPECHO partners are working in close collaboration with government stakeholders to include disaster management and risk reduction in national, regional and local emergency management; in the shorter term this will reduce reaction times when disaster strikes, and in the longer term reduce disaster risks. Through its large scope of activities, the programme will also strengthen cooperation in disaster risk reduction between other relevant national and regional structures in the South Caucasus. 13533341_1049708831749712_8371406029852970514_nThe Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, talked about the EU’s commitment to support Armenia in risk reduction: 'I have been in Armenia for a long time and this is not my first time at a DIPECHO launch. The EU has supported Armenia and its citizens in many different ways; safety is an important field of cooperation. When you learn something at school, you always come to the same idea – what I learned during my studies was that, on a long-term analysis of growth, what is important and what ensures sustainable long-term goals is how you manage risk. For example, when an earthquake or other natural disasters happen, it all hinges on what you did before it’. Hamlet Hakobyan, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, welcomed DIPECHO’s extension: 'Just a few months ago we had the closing ceremony of the third phase of DIPECHO in this same hall. During that event, all of us highly appreciated the achivements of the project's partner organisations, and special attention was paid to the format of cooperation formed between the ministries, the Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform and the partner organisations. I hope that our efforts will continue and expand – today we witness the justification of our hopes, for which I congratulate all of us'. Armenian Deputy Minister of Education and Science Manuk Mkrtchyan stressed the importance of this programme in Armenia: 'When it comes to pupils and schools, we are implementing several projects on developing curricula in this area. The importance of this project is not only that we are working to create a safe learning process, but also including civil society, which is very important for pupils. They have an opportunity to engage with representatives of different sectors, talk to experts, and discuss important issues; all these have a very good impact on the educational process'. This is the fourth phase of the DIPECHO programme in the South Caucasus. Since 2010, considerable efforts have been made to reduce the vulnerability of public schools, as well as special schools, pre-schools and child facilities. Support for disaster preparedness has been provided to target communities with the aim of increasing their capacity to protect lives and livelihoods and of mitigating the impact of disasters and climate change. In addition, evacuation, fire protection and other disaster risk reduction training activities have been conducted.