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EU support to increase disaster preparedness

18 December 2013

On 5-7 November a sub-regional disaster risk reduction (DRR) workshop was held in Yerevan within the framework of the “Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Man-made and Natural Disasters” (PPRD East) programme. This programme is aimed at increasing levels of preparedness for man-made and natural disasters, at conducting targeted assistance missions, at enhancing the quality of civil protection services, and at retraining personnel.
The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations has been attempting to raise public awareness on DDR, made particularly prescient as the 25th anniversary of the earthquake in Spitak approaches. Deputy director of Rescue Service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia major-general Nikolay Grigoryan, noted that previous focus was targeted on response, but that now more work was being undertaken to improve preparedness. Grigoryan went on to say thatArmenia has made great progress in this regard and that it has gained global recognition for its DRR programmes.
The DG ECHO Policy Officer, Thomas de Lannoy stated that further work would be targeted on raising preparedness levels.
The programme has several strategic directions: risk assessment, prevention-orientated public awareness raising, environmental emergency projects, and the strengthening of partner countries’ civil protection capacities.
PPRD East Team Leader Sergey Anagnosti said that all the programme directions were interrelated, particularly between prevention and planning work, and the development of local response organisations’ capacities. He also underlined that Armenia was moving in the right direction in the areas of preparedness, planning and prevention.
During the workshop, reports were presented on disasters as a development challenge, how DRR platforms work in different countries, climate change and DRR, geographic informative systems, and global and local risks, among others.
The workshop was attended by experts from Italy, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, as well as representatives from international organisations, who shared their experience and knowledge.
The PPRD East programme was launched in Armenia in 2011, and is implemented in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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EU support to increase disaster preparedness

On 5-7 November a sub-regional disaster risk reduction (DRR) workshop was held in Yerevan within the framework of the “Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Man-made and Natural Disasters” (PPRD East) programme. This programme is aimed at increasing levels of preparedness for man-made and natural disasters, at conducting targeted assistance missions, at enhancing the quality of civil protection services, and at retraining personnel. The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations has been attempting to raise public awareness on DDR, made particularly prescient as the 25th anniversary of the earthquake in Spitak approaches. Deputy director of Rescue Service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia major-general Nikolay Grigoryan, noted that previous focus was targeted on response, but that now more work was being undertaken to improve preparedness. Grigoryan went on to say thatArmenia has made great progress in this regard and that it has gained global recognition for its DRR programmes. The DG ECHO Policy Officer, Thomas de Lannoy stated that further work would be targeted on raising preparedness levels. The programme has several strategic directions: risk assessment, prevention-orientated public awareness raising, environmental emergency projects, and the strengthening of partner countries’ civil protection capacities. PPRD East Team Leader Sergey Anagnosti said that all the programme directions were interrelated, particularly between prevention and planning work, and the development of local response organisations’ capacities. He also underlined that Armenia was moving in the right direction in the areas of preparedness, planning and prevention. During the workshop, reports were presented on disasters as a development challenge, how DRR platforms work in different countries, climate change and DRR, geographic informative systems, and global and local risks, among others. The workshop was attended by experts from Italy, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, as well as representatives from international organisations, who shared their experience and knowledge. The PPRD East programme was launched in Armenia in 2011, and is implemented in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. http://euroeastcp.eu