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Sarajevo – Mrs. Majlinda Bregu assumed her duties of the new Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) today, following the appointment by the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Foreign Ministers in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia on 23 April 2018.

Bregu is an experienced Albanian politician and a strong believer in the European Union project. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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