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Vrbas Project: First flood simulation exercise organized for the four municipalities in the Vrbas River Basin

To increase preparedness for the potential flooding event, 34 representatives of the civil protection and the first responders for the case of natural disasters in the municipalities of Gornji Vakuf-Uskoplje, Bugojno, Donji Vakuf and Jajce successfully implemented the first flood simulation exercise.
The simulation exercise was aimed to test defined steps and procedures of the Municipal Protection and Rescue Plan and to check the coordination and readiness of the competent institutions in the field. This activity was implemented within the “Technology transfer for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin” Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and implemented by UNDP in cooperation with partners at the state, entity and cantonal levels, and 14 municipalities in the Vrbas River Basin.

Turkish Businesses Created the World's Largest Network Against Disasters and Emergencies

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TURKONFED) introduces the international platform “Connecting Business initiative (CBi)” to Turkey to strengthen businesses against natural disasters and complex emergencies including particularly earthquakes, fires, floods and refugee crises.

EU Floods Directive 2007 had positive effects overall, but planning and implementation now need improvements

The EU Directive of 2007 led to progress in assessing the risks of floods, but the planning and implementation of flood protection should now be improved, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. The auditors warn that major challenges remain in the much fuller integration of climate change, flood insurance and spatial planning into flood risk management. They are critical of weaknesses in allocating funding.

DPPI SEE Secretariat present at the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction in Rome, 21-23 November 2018

Last week representatives of the Europena countries, stakeholeder groups and partners were present in Rome at the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR). Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, opened the event and with that became the firts Prime Minister to open a European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction. The event itslef brought together over 700 participants engaging them in various pannel discussions. All DPPI SEE member states were present and had the chance also to present their national achievements in DRR. DPPI SEE Head of Secretariat participated in the panel session dedicated to the regional approaches in capacity development for DRR. The Head of Secretariat presented the Initiative and spoke about the positive experience from the DRR capacity development project that was implemented together with CADRI and MSB. This project created the first pool of DRR experts in the region who gave significant contribution to the creation of the National 
Platforms for DRR in their home countries.

 

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

The World Bank’s recently completed Systematic Country Diagnostic highlights Romania’s vulnerability to natural disasters. Over the years, floods, droughts and earthquakes have cost the country thousands of casualties and billions of euros in damages to physical infrastructure. They have hurt the economy’s productive capacity and disproportionately affected the poor.

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