Civil Protection (PPRD South)

Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (PPRD South)

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Syria, Tunisia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Turkey. Mauritania is an observer country

Timeframe: 2009-2012

Budget: €5 million (ENPI/IPA)


The “Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters” (PPRD South) contributes to the improvement of the civil protection capacities of Mediterranean partner countries at international, national and local levels. Building on the achievements of two previous programmes it contributes to the development of a civil protection culture based on prevention rather than response.  It works with the Civil Protection Authorities of the participating countries and is managed by a consortium consisting of the Civil Protection Authorities of Italy, France, Egypt and Algeria as well as the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).
What does it do?
Its activities focus on four areas: Risk assessment through developing national and regional tools such as a risk review, a Risk Atlas, a Civil Protection Operational Manual; Prevention and preparedness by means of training, workshops, study visits and technical assistance that facilitate the creation of national platforms and support regional cooperation; Response via improving the coverage and coordination of existing warning systems of the operational centres; Information and awareness raising of affected populations regarding risk exposure, prevention and response through grass-root activities and events, for example in schools, in high risk areas.
It follows on from a 5-year Pilot Programme improving civil protection cooperation between the EU states and the Mediterranean Partners (1998-2004) and the Bridge Programme (2004-2008). 


Actions in brief

  • Establishes a network of permanent National Correspondents;
  • Organises table-top exercises, training workshops and study visits, promotes the exchange of experts and simulation exercises and provides technical assistance;
  • Prepares the participation of partners in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and increases their civil protection capacities.
  • Works towards raising awareness of affected populations through grass roots activities.

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.
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