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On 13 October the “Disaster Risk Reduction in Armenia (DIPECHO III)” project was launched in Yerevan, funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). The project is implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society, Oxfam Armenia and Save the Children, in collaboration with the Armenian Ministries of Emergency Situations, Education and Science, Labour and Social Affairs, Territorial Administration, and the Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform.
IMG_9658This project is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of children and communities in areas prone to natural hazards. It will be implemented in regions and communities in Armenia that are highly exposed to natural hazards and disaster risks, in partnership with the government of Armenia, ministries, and regional and local authorities, which have a role in decision making for coordinating disaster management and reduction activity.

The Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation Jose-Maria Medina-Navarro discussed the background of EU-Armenia disaster risk-reduction cooperation: ‘The EU has made a strong commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction and supports third countries. The goal is to contribute to sustainable development by reducing the burden of disasters on the most vulnerable countries and populations groups. Armenia was, notably, one of the first countries in the world in which ECHO intervened’.

IMG_9690 The Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Haykaram Mkhitaryan appreciated the progress of disaster risk reduction potential in Armenia: ‘Currently Armenia has a special platform for risk and disaster reduction, which is a big achievement in itself. However, disaster risk reduction cannot be a monopoly owned by the government or a ministry; this is why we have formed a volunteer detachment, which allows for greater societal involvement in this crucial issue and a reduction in state expenses’.

DIPECHO III began on 1 May 2014 and has included projects ranging in duration from 13 to 18 months. In Armenia it will target the provinces of Shirak, Lori, Aragatsotn, Geharkunik, Vayots Dzor, Tavush and Yerevan. Four main strategic directions will be addressed: to strengthen the capacity of local communities and address the needs of most vulnerable populations in disaster risk reduction; to reflect the needs and rights of the most vulnerable children; to build the capacities of children and schools in hazard-prone areas to better respond to disasters; to tackle issues related to disaster risk reduction in the context of the national educational system.