EU-funded programme launches second phase for disaster risk reduction in South Caucasus
The EU-funded Programme ‘Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Institutions and Vulnerable Communities in the South Caucasus’, officially launched its second phase, according to a press release from the EU Delegation in Georgia.
The programme, run by European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department & Civil Protection (ECHO), aims to achieve an increased resilience and reduced vulnerability of children and communities in areas prone to natural hazards.
The programme will be implemented in regions and communities in Georgia that are highly exposed to natural hazards and disaster risks, targeting primarily community members and local institutions, with special emphasis on children and young people. Some actions will take place also in Armenia and Azerbaijan, extending the scope to other stakeholders in the South Caucasus region.
The programme started on June 1, 2012, with projects ranging in duration from 13 to 18 months.
It will run in partnership with relevant Georgian government ministries, regional and local authorities, establishing a wide community of practice and knowledge base that can be of use to all the relevant actors in the region.
The importance and relevance of this project are in combining community-based activities - directed to the enhancement of local capacities to better prepare for and respond to disasters - together with policy development work that aims to further develop and include disaster management and risk reduction in education and national security planning.
The combined efforts of partners involved in the implementation will further strengthen the network of experiences and specific methodologies in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, thus becoming a strong asset in assisting Georgia in its efforts to more effectively address disaster management, including preparedness and risk reduction. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage -Georgia