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Disaster Risk Reduction project in Armenia presents results

22 November 2013

The EU-funded “Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) in Armenia” project, the second phase of DIPECHO programme, officially ended on 30 October. A closing event was held by the implementing organisations: the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), Oxfam, UNICEF and Save the Children, in collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform.
Within the framework of the project, these organisations placed special emphasis on the inclusion of disaster risk reduction into the education process. This was achieved by focusing on helping families, communities and local authorities to reduce the effects of disasters by identifying risks and taking disaster preparedness and risk mitigation actions, to increase the capacities of institutions in 10 communities in Vayots Dzor region by updating contingency plans, providing training, publishing education materials, and organising drills and events. Work was undertaken to increase children’s capacities, including children with disabilities and/or without appropriate care, as well as staff of special schools and care institutions, through DRR education.
The Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, Davit Karapetyan, underlined the importance of the participation of a wide range of organisations and ministries, which proved that DDR was a common matter for support and care.

The “DDR in Armenia” project was financed by the Disaster Preparedness Programme of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (DIPECHO). DIPECHO funds projects in disaster-prone regions around the world; in Armenia projects have been undertaken in the regions of Shirak, Aragatsotn, Lori, Gegharkuniq, and Vayots Dzor, as well as Yerevan.

‘The EU has made a long-term commitment to DRR and to support third countries. The goal is to support sustainable development all around the world; for the most vulnerable people and for the most vulnerable countries,’ said Binh Adjemian, Head of Operations Section at the EU Delegation in Armenia.

Disaster Risk Reduction project in Armenia presents results

The EU-funded “Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) in Armenia” project, the second phase of DIPECHO programme, officially ended on 30 October. A closing event was held by the implementing organisations: the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS), Oxfam, UNICEF and Save the Children, in collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform. Within the framework of the project, these organisations placed special emphasis on the inclusion of disaster risk reduction into the education process. This was achieved by focusing on helping families, communities and local authorities to reduce the effects of disasters by identifying risks and taking disaster preparedness and risk mitigation actions, to increase the capacities of institutions in 10 communities in Vayots Dzor region by updating contingency plans, providing training, publishing education materials, and organising drills and events. Work was undertaken to increase children’s capacities, including children with disabilities and/or without appropriate care, as well as staff of special schools and care institutions, through DRR education. The Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, Davit Karapetyan, underlined the importance of the participation of a wide range of organisations and ministries, which proved that DDR was a common matter for support and care. The “DDR in Armenia” project was financed by the Disaster Preparedness Programme of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (DIPECHO). DIPECHO funds projects in disaster-prone regions around the world; in Armenia projects have been undertaken in the regions of Shirak, Aragatsotn, Lori, Gegharkuniq, and Vayots Dzor, as well as Yerevan. ‘The EU has made a long-term commitment to DRR and to support third countries. The goal is to support sustainable development all around the world; for the most vulnerable people and for the most vulnerable countries,’ said Binh Adjemian, Head of Operations Section at the EU Delegation in Armenia.