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Prevention, preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters (PPRD) in the EaP countries- PPRD East 2 national advisory group meeting took place on 21 April 2015. The PPRD East 2 Programme is an EU-funded regional initiative with € 5.5 million budget. The project is aimed at increasing disaster risk management capacities of Eastern partnership societies and improving protection of populations from the negative consequences of man-made and disasters caused by natural hazards.
2Z4A9680Head of the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, talked about improvements of the risk management. “We are here today to ensure that Armenian people, who have been through so many crises for centuries, are prepared when they face different types of risk. The EU is very proud to support this project. For us, risk preparedness and preparedness for unpredictable situations is a key to ensure the growth of Armenia, and be sure that Armenian citizens live in a peaceful place”.
As a regional project it includes Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Ukraine. The second phase of the project – December 2014/ November 2018 – is built on the achievements of Phase 1, focusing its efforts on:
• approximation to the EU legislation and disaster risk management good practices such as EU Floods Directive and EU Civil Protection policies;
• strengthening civil protection capacities of Partner countries through joint trainings and exercises,
• further development and practical use of the electronic regional risk atlas,
• raising awareness about disasters;
• establishing better cooperation with the EU Civil protection mechanism and its participating states.
PPRD East 2 will work at regional and national level. At regional level, PPRD East 2 will promote the EU approaches to disaster risk management and civil protection good practices including tools and methods for building a regional capability for responding to disaster. Activities at national level will be demand-driven and will reflect national disaster risk management priorities and civil protection policy. In particular, they will focus on approximation of the Partner countries’ legal and institutional frameworks to relevant EU legislation, policies and good practices in the relevant fields.