INSARAG team leaders meeting, Bucharest, Romania

From the 18-21.09.2018 DPPI SEE member states had to opportunity to participate at this year INSARAG team leaders meeting hosted by the Romanian General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations in collaboration with Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its capacity as the INSARAG Secretariat. Experienced USAR practitioners as well as USAR Team Leaders from all over the world working on Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) had the opportunity to exchange on the latest developments in INSARAG. DPPI SEE participants have use the meeting to learn more about the certification process and to network with colleagues. Within DPPI SEE, Romania and Turkey are the only countries with INSARAG certified teams. Their expertise and knowledge of the certification process can be used by the other member states who are considering building such a capacity. DPPI SEE remains devoted to the mission of enhancing disaster preparedness capacities in the region.


​37th DPPI SEE Regional Meeting, Sarajevo 06-07.11.2018

The 37th DPPI SEE Regional meeting held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (06-07.11.2018) was used to review the operational and financial status of the Initiatives and to decide about the future activities. Under the Chairmanship of Turkey, DPPI SEE member states had the possibility to discuss the Annual Work Plan for 2019 and the content of the Disaster Management Training Program for 2019. During the Advisory Board session DPPI SEE member states had the opportunity to hear the representatives of UNISDR, UNDP, UNOCHA, UNICEF, World Bank, WHO, OSCE, IFRC and to exchange with them on the possibility for creating synergies. Ongoing regional projects were also presented by project team leaders of IPA DRAM, DARENet, World Vision and OSCE focusing on the legacy of their particular projects.
Total number of 40 participants were present during the 37th DPPI SEE Regional Meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the closing ceremony the Chairmanship with the Initiative for 2019 was handed over from Turkey to Albania.

World Vision Regional Conference – “Save schools, safe childhood”, Sarajevo, 30.08.2018

At today’s regional conference organized by World Vision and the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, DPPI SEE was mentioned several times as a platform for possible dissemination of best practices in creating disaster resilient schools. Although Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Sector for rescue and protection invested a lot in creating adequate tools to be used in creating safe schools there is yet a lot to be done. The results presented with the survey done by World Vision are showing lack of self initiated prevention and preparedness activities in schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina and most important lack of inclusion of children in emergency planning. Primary objective of child-centered disaster risk reduction is to strengthen children’s skills so that they understand the risk of disasters in their communities and are able to play a role in reducing the risks and impacts of potential disasters.

36st DPPI SEE regional meeting, Turkey, Ankara 4-5 April 2018

The meeting was hosted by the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) in its capacity of the DPPI SEE Chair-In- Office 2018 and is organized in close cooperation with the DPPI SEE Secretariat.
The 36st DPPI SEE regional meeting focused on identifying needs and priorities of the DPPI SEE member states in dealing with disaster preparedness and prevention related challenges. In addition to regular closed session reserved for DPPI SEE member states discussion on DPPI SEE institutional issues, the meeting as per usual practice, also serves as a forum for an exchange of information for the recent developments in the field of disaster management in the DPPI SEE member states and DPPI SEE partners engaged in addressing disaster preparedness, prevention and disaster risk reduction.