Interagency coordination workshops
31 May-2 June, the PPRD East 3 Programme hosted workshops with focus on Interagency coordination for the establishment of effective national Early Warning Systems. The purpose of the workshops is to provide a solid institutional basis for an effective implementation of national EWS with an inter-agency and multi-stakeholder approach. Good practices of multi stakeholder approaches in Civil Protection were provided as conceptual basis for the practical activities.
Tuesday 31 May, the workshop was held in Tbilisi, Georgia and Thursday 2 June in Yerevan, Armenia.
During and after the workshop, the participants highlighted the importance to cooperate and communicate with other stakeholders. Interagency is essential and in order to cooperate well trust for the other agencies competencies is key. The importance of interagency coordination was also emphasized and especially using volunteers.
Other reflections were that to identify risk management measures it is essential to have a well-functioning monitoring system, including a plan. The software presented is a welcomed tool, as well as the upcoming training of the software.
On June 1, experts from MSB and CIMA visited the EMS Fire and Rescue Forces Division in Borjomi municipality, Georgia. The focus was to acknowledge their procedures while operating during a forest fire event, as well as the coordination with the other stakeholders involved in the emergency process. The team presented the forest fire models developed within the framework of the PPRD EAST 3 programme: one of the objectives is to provide risk assessment tools and to define Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in order to strengthen the early warning mechanism against natural disasters, such as forest fires.
“The workshops are important steps for the PPRD East 3 programme. With these workshops we started the national activities focused on enhancing the interagency coordination and the early warning. This will be the fundament for further national activities to strengthen the civil protection systems. We focussed on a coordinated approach with the whole of the government focused on enhanced safety for the citizens of the countries. It is nice to see a large group of enthusiastic persons representing all the relevant authorities.” Team Leader Peter Glerum sums up after a hectic and fruitful week.