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Regional Workshop on Disaster Risk Assessment Guidelines

25-26 January 2022, we conducted a two-day Regional workshop dedicated to Disaster Risk Assessment. Understanding the risk that we are facing is the foundation to any mitigation and adaptation actions. Experts from the Partner countries, the consortium and EU member states met to share their experience and develop a common method to assess the risk from disasters. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Tatiana Bedrina, Disaster Risk Assessment Expert, CIMA Research Foundation.

“I am confident that the two-day intensive workshop will be successful in deepening cooperation and sharing best practices in responding to natural or man-made emergencies and raising awareness on disaster risk management”, Mr. Teimuraz Melkadze, Head of Civil Protection Department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Management Services in Georgia stated in his opening remarks, thanking the European Union for its continuous support, the programme consortium for its successful work and the representatives of each participating country for their active engagement.

Mr. Teimuraz Melkadze, Head of Civil Protection Department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Emergency Management Services in Georgia giving his opening remarks,

The first day of the workshop included presentations from the partner countries' practises on National Disaster Risk Assessment and EU sharing best practice. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) presented their recommendations for National Risk Assessment and The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) presented National Disaster Risk Assessment development practice.

Testimonials from the participants after the first day: “The first day included a huge number of interesting information with interesting content. For example, sharing DRA from all partner countries were relevant information. Also, I find the approach to focus on scenarios very interesting and valuable”. “It was very valuable to hear about every partner country’s gaps. This is a productive and important workshop that demonstrate the needs we still have. Appreciate to hear about the best practice in EU countries and the Swedish experience, as well as sharing experience among partner countries and the EU”.

The second day of the workshop was an interactive day where the partner countries continued to contribute to the discussions and exchanged experiences. The participants highlighted the value of sharing good practises among the countries and networking with colleagues for future cooperation. For example, Georgia shared information about their sub-law that has been developed to approve the methodology for preparing a risk management plan, setting out rules for determining the important components of risk management, especially in terms of assessing the physical vulnerability of the infrastructure.

All in all, the workshop was an important exchange among partners on the different National Disaster Risk Assessment methodologies and places a mark for the implementation of the programme. We were also reminded that we are still impacted by the effects of Covid-19 virus, but we are growing resilience. “DRA impacts on economy of the country, living conditions and have impact on the livelihood of the population. From this point of view, this regional initiative will be implemented using one single methodology and that’s why we highly appreciate this approach”, as one participant acknowledged after the workshop.

The programme experts will now move on with the important work to continue the development of a harmonised approach to the regional DRA guidelines. We are looking forward to continue the dialogue between national civil protection authorities, national services and research communities.

participants of the workshop sitting around round tables listening to presentation

family photo of all participants next to EU flag and Georgian flag and PPRD East banner

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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.

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