Seminars / Workshops / Conferences

18.02.2015 to 20.02.2015

The seminar was hosted and organised by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia.

he overall aim of the seminar was to provide an opportunity for the DPPI SEE Parties to exchange experiences of their respective countries in planning of an organized local authority response to floods, flash floods and earthquakes, knowing the first impact of disasters was always at the local level. Views and opinions were also shared as regards the required level of training and equipment necessary for local-level stakeholders and responders, including that for competent services engaged in preventive and operational activities.

Twenty-two (22) experts participated in seminar, out of which thirteen (13) of them from the participating DPPI SEE Parties (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro), eight (8) Serbian representatives and one (1) expert from the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). Traditionally, Mr. Predrag Maric (Serbian Head of Sector) gave opening remarks on day 1. The Head of the Secretariat...


The “Conference – Establishment of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction” was Montenegrin contribution to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) and was hosted by the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro and co-organised by UNISDR Europe Region Office.

The aim of the event was to establish the National Platform for disaster risk reduction in cooperation with other relevant state ministries, agencies and administrations and local authorities, and with the presence of the DPPI SEE member countries and international organisations with experience in disaster risk reduction, through information exchange on best practices and lessons learned in the filed of establishing and maintaining the work of the national platforms for disaster risk reduction.


08.12.2014 to 11.12.2014

“Disaster Governance and Volunteering Systems - Conference& Workshops” was Turkish contribution to the Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) for 2014 and was hosted by the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD)

As widely known, no matter how successful a country’s disaster preparedness may be, the building of safe ​settlements, mitigation of risks and prevention of probable disaster damages are fundamentally important.  To reach the disaster victims as soon as possible and rescue them following the occurrence of disasters is the universal main objective. The existence of a common language and a healthy coordination enables faster and more efficient advancement for search and rescue operations. While recognising the...

28.10.2014 to 30.10.2014

​The seminar was hosted by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia within the Disaster Management Training Programme of the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South East Europe (DPPI SEE) as a Serbian contribution to the Programme for the year 2014.

The aim of the seminar was to share experiences and good practices, as well as to develop discussion during the seminar on aforementioned topic between representatives and experts from the DPPI SEE member countries with experiences in interventions caused by traffic and railway accidents.

Total number of participants at the seminar was 48; thereof 33 members of the Sector for Emergency Management accompanied by participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina (2), Bulgaria (2), Croatia (2), Macedonia (2), Slovenia (2), Montenegro (2), Medical emergency service (2) and Head of DPPI SEE Secretariat.

Based on the stated experiences the participants of the seminar have identified the basic problems and areas in need of improvement, similar to the whole region. The following is an excerpt from the list of identified areas:

  • Establishing...
25.08.2014 to 29.08.2014

The Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (2ECEES) was organized in Istanbul, Turkey, 25-29 August, 2014 as a joint event of European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) and European Seismological Commission (ESC). With support from Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Managment Agency (AFAD), the conference has also been included in the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme for the year 2014.


The purpose of the conference was to provide a platform for introducing and discussing Earthquake Engineering and Seismology along with priority issues of global importance. The conference was primarily aimed at civil engineers, geological and geophysics engineers.More than 1,200 people attended the conference. On the margines of the conference programme, a side meeting was organised by AFAD...

12.05.2014 to 14.05.2014

The seminar represents the Bulgarian contribution to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme for the year 2014 and was hosted by the Chief Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria. 

The aim of the event was to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices of cooperation in the field of fire safety and civil protection between countries in the SEE region. The seminar provided the participants with the opportunity to establish connections for a better and more efficient operational response to natural and man-made disasters in the SEE region. 

Representatives of seven (7) DPPI SEE member states, namely Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, participated in the seminar, in addition to competent representatives of the Bulgarian Red Cross.

In the course of the two-day seminar, the participants also had an opportunity to visit the National Operations Center situated at the premises of the Ministry of Interior where they were presented with information on the main activities of the Center (more detailed information on the seminar programme and observations by...

02.04.2014 to 03.04.2014

The seminar was Serbian contribution to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme for the year 2014 and was hosted by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.
Representatives from eight countries of the region – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Turkey, as well as representatives of the Red Cross Serbia.
The main objective of the activity was presenting the place and role of Specialized Civil Protection Units in the organisation of mass evacuation and shelter provision for the affected population in case of an emergency in the Republic of Serbia and countries in the South East European Region.
During the seminar each participating country shared its practices and lessons learned in creating the resettlements and evacuation coordination of the affected population, based on positive experiences of their country. This was accomplished through presentations of all participating countries on drafting and implementing the legal regulations in this filed and through discussions on mass evacuation and sheltering of the emergency affected population and developing evacuation plans in case of emergencies.
The seminar provided a unique...

19.03.2014 to 21.03.2014

Regional Conference on Urban Security - Adriatic City Security – SIGG 2014 took place in the Le Meridien Lav Hotel in Split, Croatia, from 19 to 21 March 2014. The conference was organized by Security (Zaštita) Magazine (Tectus Ltd. Company) and the Croatian Network of Urban Security Stakeholders (CNUSS) under the auspices of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Split in cooperation with the Croatian Security Association, National Protection and Rescue Directorate (DUZS) and Association of Cities.
The main objective of the conference was to provide an international perspective to the security topics in order to bring together European security experts to share their expertise and findings with the cities of the region. The Conference was intended for mayors, deputy mayors, cities' safety and security managers, local authorities and government, county managers, deputy county managers, county safety and security managers, directors and management of all businesses that take part in the national security structure, directors and representatives of companies for physical and technical protection, presidents and members of the Council for Prevention and all security managers and experts.

Expert topics of the sixth annual SIGG...

12.03.2014 to 13.03.2014

The idea behind the workshop which represents the Macedonian contribution to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Programme for the year 2014 was to get together experienced first responders and policy developers from the region in order to brain storm ideas about the most optimal model for disaster information management system. The workshop was hosted by the Protection and Rescue Directorate of the Republic of Macedonia. 

The workshop itself had two goals:

1) National - further development of the various national information systems of the DPPI SEE member states. Each participating state was given an opportunity to voice their demand for improvement of the existing national information system based on their experiences.

2) Regional - in support of the idea behind the creation of the DPPI...

06.03.2014 to 07.03.2014

The final workshop on “Disaster Inventory Management System: DesInventar” and the presentation of the historical data collection on disaster loss in Albania was organised within the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme for the year 2014 and represents Albanian contribution to the Programme. The Workshop was hosted by the General Directorate of Civil Emergencies - Ministry of Internal Affairs of Albania and was jointly organized by the DPPI SEE, UNISDR and CIMA Research Foundation.
The main objectives of the workshop was to introduce the DesInventar as a web platform tool for building disaster database with its methodology for disasters loss accounting and to present the Albanian historical inventory on disaster losses.
Some of the topics covered within the workshop programme were: Disaster Theory (Hyogo Framework for Action, Risk Assessment, National Disaster Database and Inventory), the Global Assessment Report GAR 2013, Introduction to DesInventar (Data cards, data collection methodology, concepts and definitions, event definition, type of disaster, effects), Data Entry process, How to get DesInventar for your country, etc.