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December updates on activities

Happy new year! In December, the PPRD East team wrapped up 2022 with several programme activities. Among them, the first planning Conference for one of 2023's biggest events, the Full Scale Exercise in Georgia in June.

Participants facing the camera in family photo style

The first planning meeting for the full scale exercise was held 8-9 December in Tbilisi. Representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, ASB Georgia, DEMA, the EU CBRN Centre of Excellence in Georgia, the PPRD East 3 Consortium, the Emergency Management Service Georgia, the customs of Georgia, the border police of Georgia, the Georgian Red Cross and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and DG ECHO gathered in a hybrid meeting, with most participants physical present at the venue. EMS Georgia presented their structure and the global scenario of the exercise as well as in more detail the process of incoming international assistance including Host Nation Support

As consortium we presented the timeline of the exercise and organised the training needs assessment for the participating teams. The countries presented their initial ideas for contributions. On the second day we visited the exercise area to give the participants an impression of the area.

We will now continue our intense planning and follow up activities. The second planning conference is planned 22-23 February.

The full scale exercise will take place 12-16 June 2023 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

 

In December, experts from the PPRD East 3 programme conducted a technical advisory mission in Armenia. During the mission, our experts visited the regional rescue department in Vanadzor city and got to know the 911 crisis management center in Vanadzor.

PPRD East 3 Experts Matilde Sangalli and Chiara Gorni from the Italian Red Cross, together with local coordinator Anna Sargsyan met the Head of the regional rescue department, Serob Gabrielyan and the Head of the 911 service Armen Danamalyan in Vanadzor and gathered information about how the emergency response is organised and how the Inter-agency cooperation works during emergencies, as well as assessing gaps and prioritising assistance.

On the second day, our experts travelled to Stepanavan to visit the field operative structures, such as the Red cross and the lore voluntary squad and the firefighting squad of the city. We also held a workshop with participation of operative structures in order to work together and understand the capacities and what can be improved in emergency preparedness and response.

Stepanavan city is a pilot area in Armenia for developing dynamic emergency plans in connection with forest fires.

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Videos about the programme

Collage with photos from the full scale exercise

The PPRD East 3 programme aims to increase the resilience to disasters in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine. The programme supports to establish an early warning early action-based civil protection approach.
This approach was practiced during a full-scale exercise on forest fires in Tbilisi, Georgia in May and June 2023, aiming to strengthen inter-institutional and regional coordination. Forest fire is a prominent risk in all partner countries and we are stronger together.

Watch the video about the exercise here: TbiEx2023

 

 Peter Glerum in a profile photo giving a quote on our apporach

In this video, PPRD East 3 Team Leader Peter Glerum is explaining the overall programme objectives. We have chosen to focus on forest fire risks as it is a prominent risk in all partner countries. We focus on supporting the change from a response based approach to disaster management in an early warning, early action based multi-stakeholder approach. Integration of gender, human rights and environmental perspectives is key in the programme implementation.

 


We are testing the capacities of civil protection systems, learning from the past and preparing for future events.

Follow the link to watch how we have adapted the method for Table top Exercises in order to fulfill our commitment to the programme, despite of COVID-19 restrictions.

Practical Guidelines for integrating gender, human rights and environmental issues in Disaster Risk Management

Practical Guidelines for integrating gender, human rights and environmental issues in Disaster Risk Management

The Guidelines build upon global standards and best practices and present practical advice on how to integrate gender, human rights and environment into nine thematic areas of the programme. Examples of thematic areas include, training and exercises, Multi-Risk Assessments, Early Warning Systems, Public awareness, volunteerism and Host Nation Support. The document has been produced in collaboration with the PPRD East 3 programme experts and partner countries’ organisations to enhance the quality and relevance of the guidance. The Guidelines was produced as an interactive online resource and is available in English and Russian.

Read the document in english
Read the document in russian