Civil Protection (PPRD East)

Reinforces the capacity of participating countries for disaster prevention, preparedness and response, and facilitates cooperation with the EU and the countries themselves – one of the Flagship Initiatives under the Eastern Partnership.

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

Timeframe: 2010-2014

Budget: €6 million


The Eastern Partnership Flagship Initiative for the Prevention, Preparedness & Response to Natural and Man-Made Disasters (PPRD East) aims at contributing towards peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Eastern ENPI region and at protecting the environment, the population, cultural heritage, resources and infrastructures by strengthening the countries’ resilience, preparedness and response to man-made and natural disasters. It will also bring the partner countries closer to the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism.
A similar project exists in the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean for the ENPI South and IPA region neighbouring countries.
What does it do?


It develops and reinforces the capacity of participating countries for disaster prevention, preparedness and response at local, national and regional level, and develops effective cooperation between the EU and the Partner Countries and among the Partner Countries themselves, as a means of political and social stability and security.
The project undertakes a review of existing resources and available mechanisms working on disaster prevention, preparedness and response in different countries, and develops an Electronic Regional Risk Atlas. It organises training workshops, study visits and exchanges of experts involved in disaster management, as well as technical assistance missions in response to specific demands by the countries’ authorities.
Further activities include awareness-raising for stakeholders and the general population.
All activities are implemented in a multi-disciplinary approach and will focus on a number of different topics, for example strengthening of legislation and institutions, urban and land planning, early warning systems, etc. relating to specific risks such as earthquakes, landslides, floods and fires. A network of national correspondents is being established.



Actions in brief


  • Increases knowledge of risk exposure, preparedness and response capacities in the region;
  • Strengthens prevention mechanisms at local, national and regional level;
  • Improves the capacity for a coordinated, effective and efficient disaster response;
  • Builds awareness among the population regarding risk exposure, prevention and response;
  • Enhances knowledge among the Civil Protection Authorities on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

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