National Advisory Group Meeting of PPRD EAST 2 Launched

17:55 / 17.11.2015

On November 17-19, the 2nd round of the National Advisory Group meeting of the EU program for “Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Man-Made and Natural Disasters” (PPRD EAST 2), kicked off in Yerevan.

The National Advisory Group meeting was attended by the representatives of interested agencies of the RA, international organizations and NGOs.

Sergej Anagnosti, the Team Leader of PPRD East 2 Program, welcomed the Country Advisory group members and wished them productive work.

In his speech, MTAES RS Deputy Director, coordinator of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, r/s Major-General Nikolay Grigoryan noted, that while summarizing the previous round several recommendations were submitted, which will be discussed in the upcoming three days.

- I expect everybody’s active participation in the discussions these days, as the outlined directions relate to our activities. It is intended to develop proposals, both on accomplished thus far, as well as on further events envisaged, to make the program more practical and efficient for our country, - stressed N. Grigoryan.

One of the topics of discussion on the agenda of the National Advisory group was a draft option of “Description of the country”.

During the meeting, presentations were made by experts from the PPRD EAST 2, who presented the work performed and future activities in different directions.

The activities carried out within the framework of the program cover the following areas:

• Improvement of institutional and legislative framework based on Civil protection policies, (particularly implementation of the EU Floods Directive),
• development of partner countries’ civil protection capacities for prevention, preparedness and response to disasters,
• improvement and development of Electronic Regional Risk Atlas (ERRA),
• raising awareness on disaster management,
• bringing partner countries progressively closer to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

The program is funded by the European Union and aims to develop civil protection capacities for prevention, preparedness and response in “Easter Partnership” countries ( Armenia, Georgia, Balarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Azerbaijan).

The first phase was launched in Armenia in 2011, and since then, various activities have been carried out within the framework of the program: retraining of personnel and exchange of experts, training exercises were organized and Electronic Regional Risk Atlas was developed.

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