Official closing of DIPECHO III in Armenia | EUNewsletter

Official closing of DIPECHO III in Armenia

21 October 2015
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The close out event of the “Disaster Risk Reduction in Armenia” programme (DIPECHO Phase III) took place on 19 October 2015.
Launched in May 2014, the DIPECHO III in Armenia targeted Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor, Tavush marzes, as well as Yerevan, combining community-based activities with policy development work to develop and include disaster management and risk reduction in education and national security planning. Relevant stakeholders from central and local government were engaged in programme implementation to ensure the sustainability of programme interventions.
ARS_4332The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, congratulated all the partners on the successful implementation of the programme: ‘Armenia was one of the first countries where the European Commission started their humanitarian aid and civil protection programme. The programme that we are concluding today is the continuation of these first efforts. I am very happy to see that the authorities of Armenia have considered this programme an improvement and called it a success. It is proof that the EU is implementing projects valuable to Armenia and the Armenian people’.
The Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations,
Haykaram Mkhitaryan, talked about the efforts made as part of the programme: ‘We highly appreciate this programme, it is the result of great cooperation. Funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society, Oxfam Armenia, UNICEF, Save the Children and UNISDR in collaboration with the Armenian Ministries of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, Education and Science, Labour and Social Affairs and the Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform, the programme was aimed at increasing resilience and reducing the vulnerability of children and communities in areas prone to natural hazards. It’s undeniable that the level of disasters in the whole world is increasing and it is very important that people have the appropriate knowledge and skills to resist them. If there are still problems in developed countries, imagine what kind of problems there are in less-developed countries. We have successfully implemented this programme because all the work was undertaken according to effective planning. It would be wrong to say that we don’t need this kind of programme anymore, but what has been done up until now will prove very important for our country’.
ARS_4380The main outcomes of the programme included strengthening the capacity of local communities to identify and address the needs of most vulnerable populations in disaster risk reduction; building the capacities of children and schools in hazard-prone areas to better prepare for and respond to disasters; reflecting the needs and rights of the most vulnerable children (including children with special needs) in the national disaster risk reduction policy; integrating disaster risk reduction into educational curricula.
More specifically, in the six marzes and in Yerevan, 15 special schools, 2 day care centres, 6 child care institutions, 21 kindergartens, 10 public schools and 20 inclusive schools were targeted to reduce their vulnerability to disasters.
In Shirak, Vayots Dzor and Tavush marzes, support was provided to 34 communities to build their organisational and technical capacity to protect citizen’s lives and livelihoods from the impact of disasters and climate change. In Shirak marz, fire-protection capacity-building and awareness-raising activities were undertaken in 86 public schools.
Assistance was provided to service providers, communities and state institutions to develop and implement disaster risk reduction plans. Public awareness was enhanced, including among children, to encourage the application of simple security measures against disasters in various settings, including households.

Official closing of DIPECHO III in Armenia

The close out event of the “Disaster Risk Reduction in Armenia” programme (DIPECHO Phase III) took place on 19 October 2015. Launched in May 2014, the DIPECHO III in Armenia targeted Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Vayots Dzor, Tavush marzes, as well as Yerevan, combining community-based activities with policy development work to develop and include disaster management and risk reduction in education and national security planning. Relevant stakeholders from central and local government were engaged in programme implementation to ensure the sustainability of programme interventions. ARS_4332The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Switalski, congratulated all the partners on the successful implementation of the programme: ‘Armenia was one of the first countries where the European Commission started their humanitarian aid and civil protection programme. The programme that we are concluding today is the continuation of these first efforts. I am very happy to see that the authorities of Armenia have considered this programme an improvement and called it a success. It is proof that the EU is implementing projects valuable to Armenia and the Armenian people’. The Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, Haykaram Mkhitaryan, talked about the efforts made as part of the programme: ‘We highly appreciate this programme, it is the result of great cooperation. Funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society, Oxfam Armenia, UNICEF, Save the Children and UNISDR in collaboration with the Armenian Ministries of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, Education and Science, Labour and Social Affairs and the Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform, the programme was aimed at increasing resilience and reducing the vulnerability of children and communities in areas prone to natural hazards. It’s undeniable that the level of disasters in the whole world is increasing and it is very important that people have the appropriate knowledge and skills to resist them. If there are still problems in developed countries, imagine what kind of problems there are in less-developed countries. We have successfully implemented this programme because all the work was undertaken according to effective planning. It would be wrong to say that we don’t need this kind of programme anymore, but what has been done up until now will prove very important for our country’. ARS_4380The main outcomes of the programme included strengthening the capacity of local communities to identify and address the needs of most vulnerable populations in disaster risk reduction; building the capacities of children and schools in hazard-prone areas to better prepare for and respond to disasters; reflecting the needs and rights of the most vulnerable children (including children with special needs) in the national disaster risk reduction policy; integrating disaster risk reduction into educational curricula. More specifically, in the six marzes and in Yerevan, 15 special schools, 2 day care centres, 6 child care institutions, 21 kindergartens, 10 public schools and 20 inclusive schools were targeted to reduce their vulnerability to disasters. In Shirak, Vayots Dzor and Tavush marzes, support was provided to 34 communities to build their organisational and technical capacity to protect citizen’s lives and livelihoods from the impact of disasters and climate change. In Shirak marz, fire-protection capacity-building and awareness-raising activities were undertaken in 86 public schools. Assistance was provided to service providers, communities and state institutions to develop and implement disaster risk reduction plans. Public awareness was enhanced, including among children, to encourage the application of simple security measures against disasters in various settings, including households.