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February news

In the beginning of February, we were all deeply affected by the devastating earthquake in Turkiye and Syria. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism UCPM was activated and we were proud to see many of our team members deployed as well as all PPRD East 3 participating states Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine deploying teams. This terrible disaster was a firm reminder how important our job in civil protection is and how working together save lives. From a programme perspective, we have continued to conduct several training of trainers, workshops as well as hosting our third Steering Committee Meeting and the mid-term planning conference for the Full Scale exercise.

Training of Trainers for National disaster risk management in Armenia, 8-10 Feb.

The training was an elaboration of the National Disaster Risk Assessment (NDRA) guidelines and the establishment of policies on National Disaster Risk Assessment. The participants got to know the Disaster Risk Assessment process and the context and were familiarised to the accepted terminology of disaster risk assessment. They updated the current status of Disaster Risk Assessment in Republic of Armenia and discussed the establishment of governance mechanism and institutional framework for National Disaster Risk Assessment.

In the second part of the training the participants were divided into groups, they identified risks, indicators and thresholds for impact and likelihood evaluation, and developed main hazard lists. They chose 4 main hazards for Armenia to develop. Preliminary disaster risk scenarios which would then be included in the National disaster risk assessment guidelines. The participants discussed the importance of interagency cooperation, involvement of competent institutions and stakeholders for development of National disaster risk assessment guidelines.

The groups did the preliminary development of the full risk scenario assessment. This is a continuous work and after the training the working group will continue working on scenario development and evaluation.

Training of Trainers for National Disaster Risk Management in Moldova, 13-15 Feb.

This Training of Trainers on NDRA Methodology had the purpose to elaborate the National Disaster Risk Assessment guidelines and establishment of policies on National Disaster Risk Assessment. 

The workshop was attended by different national stakeholders who were actively involved in the group work sessions in order to draft the first risk scenarios in Moldova.

The inter-agency cooperation was another fundamental topic addressed and discussed with national representatives. This is a baseline for the establishment of governance mechanism and institutional framework for National Disaster Risk Assessment Moldova.

Establishment of the national Early Warning System for Wildfires, 17-19 February.

A team of PPRD East 3 experts from CIMA Research Foundation visited Georgia to follow up the work for the establishment of the national Early Warning System for Wildfires.

The Emergency Management Service hosted the team and it was two days of intense workshopping together with the National Environmental Agency and National Forestry Agency.

The main aims of the mission was to establish an Impact Based Forecast, work on the development of SOPs consolidating interagency coordination and allowing the exertion of anticipatory actions to reduce the impact of wildfires. Procedures, wildfire forecasting models and interagency communication will be tested throughout the next fire season and will provide the basis for the Full Scale Field Exercise in June.

3rd Steering Committee meeting 21 February.

We gathered participants from partner countries, consortium, stakeholders and the EU together in Tbilisi, Georgia. The meeting was hosted in a hybrid format so we were also able to welcome those who could not join on site.

During the full day meeting, the Interim Technical Implementation Report 2021/2022 was presented, focusing on results, lessons learned and actions ahead.

We also heard from the experiences from the partner countries where the focus was on lessons learned from PPRD East 3 activities. Some of the valuable impacts raised were trainings and their outcomes, such as testing knowledge and cooperating with other countries, developing a national methodology for the Disaster Risk Assessment. The upcoming full scale exercise will be a unique opportunity to test both national capacity and regional capacity for disaster risk management.

Mid-term planning conference for the Full scale Exercise, 22-23 February

The PPRD East 3 team of experts gathered in Tbilisi for the Mid-term planning conference for the Full Scale Exercise on wildfires scenarios that will be conducted in June.

We conducted a mid-term planning conference together with partners and stakeholders from the implementing consortium and partner countries. The purpose of the planning conference was to make final decisions concerning scenarios and composition of the teams as well as establish procedures for Exercise control. This exercise be conducted with a scenario based approach to civil protection.

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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