Second phase of EU’s largest civil protection and emergency response programme in Eastern Neighbourhood region concludes

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

The EU-funded Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries (PPRD East 2), the second phase of which will conclude in May 2019, has published its final brochure.

The publication describes the work and major achievements of the second phase of the programme, which lasted from December 2014 until May 2019. According to the brochure, major progress has been accomplished by the six Eastern partner countries in hosting and coordinating international rescuers during disaster strikes, preventing and containing consequences of floods, improving national authorities’ capacities. It also succeeded with improvements in involving citizens in rescue operations and disaster risk management (Civil Protection Volunteerism), and informing populations, raising their awareness about disasters.

The objective of the second phase of PPRD East was to contribute to peace, stability, security and prosperity of the Eastern Partnership countries. Its task was also to contribute to the development of the civil protection capacities for disaster prevention, preparedness and response in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries bringing them progressively closer to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism while also improving cooperation among themselves.

The PPRD East 2 programme is an EU-funded flagship initiative that aims to increase the disaster risk management capacities of the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), thus improving the level of protection they can offer their populations from the negative consequences of man-made threats and natural disasters.

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