Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South Eastern Europe

14.11.2016 to 18.11.2016

The course was hosted, organized and facilitated by ACPDR (Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief) in cooperation with NPRD (National Protection and Rescue Directorate of the Republic of Croatia).

The course provides in depth orientation on disaster risk reduction concepts and guidance, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as understanding of the key aspects and activities of response and recovery. The course also guides and enables participants to prepare a DRR related group project proposal during the course to be presented at the end of the course.
Other course objectives are:
 
  1. Establish a common understanding of the tenets on which lie the foundations of disaster risk reduction (DRR).
  2. Develop a better understanding of preparedness, response and recovery as integral to disaster risk reduction.
  3. Illustrate the role of different stakeholders in DRR, the integrated nature between the sectors in DRR and the importance of coordination between stakeholders.
  4. Introduce and discuss the already put in place mechanisms for reducing disaster losses and risk management, focused on the region of South-Eastern Europe.
  5. Present and discuss the concepts and guidance of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as well as the implementation and follow-up to the strategic goals and priorities for action 2015-2030.
  6. Build a network among the participants by sharing the experience, existing know-how and team building.
The DRR course 2016 was attended by 16 participants from nine (9) DPPI SEE member countries (Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey).
12.10.2016 to 16.10.2016

This training was hosted by the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (ACPDR) within the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme 2016, and was co-organised/managed by the Slovenian Canine Associations (SCA) and the Association of Rescue Dog Handlers of Slovenia (ARDHS). The training is certified by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia.

The target audience were dog handlers with rescue dogs, who are assigned to units for the search of missing and tapped persons, or who, after such training, will qualify for such units in the future, as well as representatives of civil protection and other organisations associated with search and rescue. Prior knowledge was not required.

  • Training objectives, among others, included:  
  • Understanding the basics of socialisation, education and training of rescue dogs.
  • Understanding the stages of education of rescue dogs.
  • Understanding the types and procedures of searching injured persons trapped under rubble.
  • To understand the method and procedures of searching missing persons on terrain.
  • To understand the basics of first aid and first veterinary aid.
  • To understand communication methods.
  • To understand international guidance, their application and to understand the work procedures in missions.

The training was attended by fifteen (15) participants from eight (8) DPPI SEE member countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey.

 

 

 
26.09.2016 to 30.09.2016

 

Disaster Risk Reduction for School Principals Course was the Croatian contribution to prevention/disaster risk reduction courses organized within the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training (DMTP) Program for 2016. The course was hosted and led by the National Protection and Rescue Directorate (NPRD).
 
The course was attended by 16 participants from 8 DPPI SEE member states (Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) and with facilitation from Croatia (4 facilitators from NPRD and UNICEF) and guest facilitators, last year’s attendee, principal Biljana Ćulafić from Montenegro. All together 21 participants participated in the course (List of participants is annexed to this report).
 
The 4 and half day focus on inclusion of reducing risks in school activities with basics of responding to and recovering from disasters specific to the region of South-Eastern Europe. The course provided basics on disaster risk reduction concepts and guidance, including the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), as well as understanding the key aspects and activities of response and recovery. The course builds upon participants’ newly acquired knowledge of disaster risk reduction issues in practical terms to their day-to-day work with children and teaching staff. The course also allowed participants to apply practice to a project, case study or a simulation exercise culminating in a lecture or a presentation of the project at the end of the course.
 
 
17.09.2016 to 24.09.2016

 
The training was a joint contribution of Romania and Slovenia to the Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) 2016 and was co-organized by the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations of Romania (GIES) and the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief (ACPDR) and supported by the Cave Rescue Romania (SALVASPEO) and Cave Rescue Service of the Republic of Slovenia (CRSS).
 
The training is primarily aimed at volunteer speleologists of caving clubs, fire-fighters, police officers, soldiers, health workers and other interested protection, rescue and relief forces whose members have passed the speleologist’s examination or have completed equivalent national programs for independent caving activity and have sufficient experience in the field with excellent knowledge of rope technique (SRT)
 

​This year's training was the eight organized within the DPPI SEE framework and as part of the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme. 20 participants from nine (9) countries participated at the event (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey). At the end of the course State Secretary Mr. Viorel LASCU, the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests of the Republic of Romania addressed the participants and Mr. Marius DOGEANU, head of department, International Relations, General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and Ms. Iulia NITU, International Relations department, the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations handed out the certificates.

 

 

05.09.2016 to 10.09.2016

The training was hosted by the Macedonian Protection and Rescue Directorate within the DPPI SEE DMTP 2016 and co-organised/ managed by the Macedonian Scout Federation. 
 
Specific objective of the event was to connect civil protection administrations and civil society organizations while demonstrating ways to build mutual understanding, support and cooperation in the area of search and rescue operations in the nature. Through a set of interactive workshops participants had an opportunity to learn and further develop various survival techniques and to participate in a simulated crisis situation in the nature.
 
Targeted audience were representatives of the civil sector/ scout organizations and the SEE national disaster management authorities/ Red Cross/ Mountain rescue services respectively. 
 
Eighteen (18) participants from nine (9) countries (Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria Albania, Montenegro and Turkey) participated in the training. 
 
 
 
 
 
20.06.2016 to 24.06.2016

 
 

PREP training course was hosted by the Macedonian Protection and Rescue Directorate as part of the DPPI SEE DMTP 2016 and was co-organised/ managed by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Emergency Services Branch (ESB). The course came a result of discussions between UN OCHA and DPPI SEE over the course of 2015 and 1st quarter of 2016, following the proposal of UN OCHA for a PREP course tailor-made to SEE. This was only the 2nd in the row of PREP courses designed and conducted by the OCHA Emergency Service Branch. 
 
The aim of the course was to reach out to emergency management practitioners from different organisations of the DPPI region and present key concept and tools used and promoted by OCHA Emergency Services Branch in responding to humanitarian crisis. 
 
Over the course of 5 days, the participants were lectured on fundamentals of humanitarian action and humanitarian coordination, humanitarian Civil-Military coordination (UN-CMCoood), including on OCHA’s emergency response tools and services. The course was structured in a way as to ensure constant balance of theory, follow-up group discussions, presentations, team-building, all culminating in practical application through task solving in an exercise simulating a sudden-onset emergency.
 
The course was attended by twenty-six (26) participants, out of which sixteen (16) participants represented the DPPI SEE (Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) with another ten (10) participants having been selected by UN OCHA Emergency Service Branch network (European Commission (DG ECHO), Belgium, Italy, Germany and Sweden). In order to prepare ahead for the course, all the participants had to complete the pre-course training, comprising 4 on-line exercises, over 1 month before the course. 
 
More detailed information about PREP 2016 can be found on the course website: