Support for Tunisian civil protection in dealing with emergencies

A two-day workshop on “a strengthened Civil Protection system for better managing emergencies and serving the population of democratic Tunisia” will be organised by EU funded Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Programme on Civil Protection (PPRD South) and the Tunisian Civil Protection Department on 23-24 November 2011 in Tunis.
A press release said the workshop would be attended by representatives of all Tunisian Ministries involved in emergency management as well as non-governmental organisations assisting the population in case of crisis. Delegates of EU Member States will also participate, together with officers of international organisations assisting Tunisia in the reinforcement of national capacities for emergency preparedness and response.
The Tunis workshop is the first PPRD South national event gathering all civil protection actors to discuss available options for the development of national crisis management capacities.
The first session of the event will focus on a review and analysis of the recent Libyan refugee crisis in which all the workshop participants played an important role and directly witnessed the national response to a complex emergency as well as that of international assistance. Their experiences will be illustrated and lessons learned highlighted with suggestions proposed on how to benefit from them.
Three thematic working groups will discuss and identify a set of recommendations for reinforcing the Tunisian civil protection system in the framework of the ongoing reform process of the civil security sector for a democratic Tunisia. The three groups will address the set up and management of a national network of civil protection volunteers, the inter-ministerial coordination mechanism in case of crisis, and the coordination of international assistance.
Since 18 February 2011, the Tunisian Civil Protection has been at the forefront of the humanitarian crisis caused by the massive flow of refugees seeking shelter and protection from the conflict in Libya. This crisis posed unprecedented challenges to the Tunisian civil protection system, both in terms of organisational capacity and human resources and operational equipment.
The €5 million PPRD South Programme – which runs for three years and is managed by a consortium led by the Italian Civil Protection Department together with the French, Algerian, Egyptian Civil Protection Authorities and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) – is also organising training workshops dealing with risks in the region such as wild fires, technological disasters, floods, earthquakes, epidemics and drought, among others.  (ENPI Info Centre)
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Press release
ENPI Info Centre feature - “I have learned to tame fire”
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PPRD South – website

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