Programmes / Activities

18.11.2014 to 19.11.2014

The 29th regional meeting of the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative of South Eastern Europe (DPPI SEE) was held in Sarajevo, the seat of the DPPI SEE Secretariat. The meeting was hosted by the DPPI SEE Secretariat and was co-organised with the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro in its capacity of the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office Anchor2014.

The aim of this year's autumn session of the DPPI SEE regional meeting was to further facilitate and provide guidance for effective fulfilment of the DPPI SEE goals and objectives as set out in the DPPI SEE Memorandum of Understanding (2013) through participatory discussion among delegations of all DPPI SEE member countries on the DPPI SEE current and future planned activities, including through review of the activities implemented in the period between two regional meetings for the year 2014.

The closed session proceedings included discussion...

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...
13.09.2014 to 21.09.2014

This year’s DPPI SEE Cave Rescue Training (6th in the row) is hosted by Sector for Emergency Management of the Republic of Serbia and represents Serbian contribution to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme for 2014.  The training was co-organised by the Slovenian Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, Slovenian Cave Rescue Service and Serbian Mountain Rescue Service.

The aim of the training was to strengthen the human capacities of the participating countries in the field of prevention of and response to disasters, as well as to improve and further widen cooperation of national protection and rescue services of the SEE countries while practicing in accordance with the standardised cave rescue procedures.
More than 120 representatives of competent civil protection services of the DPPI SEE member countries have so far participated in the cave rescue trainings organised in the framework of the DPPI SEE.
As part of the 6th DPPI SEE Cave Rescue Training (CRT) a special (final) exercise was organised on 18th Sep 2014 in the Resava river canyon with the scenario of an evacuation on the...

01.09.2014 to 06.09.2014

Following the success of the DPPI SEE Disaster Risk Reduction project that was implemented from 2009 to 2012, National Protection and Rescue Directorate of the Republic of Croatia and Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia organized Disaster Risk Reduction Training Course in the twining model as a joint Croatian& Slovenian contribution to the Disaster Management Training Programme for 2014 of the DPPI SEE. 

A total of eight (8) DPPI SEE member countries (16 participants) took part in this year’s course.

With support from Croatian and Slovenian facilitators, the course provided in depth orientation on disaster risk reduction concepts and guidance, including the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), as well as understanding of the key aspects and activities of response and recovery. The course also built upon participants’ existing knowledge base so they can relate disaster risk reduction issues in practical terms to their day-to-day work responsibilities.

More concrete aim of the course was to develop DRR related project proposal with multinational/regional implementation for the benefit of the DPPI SEE member countries.

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28.08.2014 to 01.09.2014

Following the success of the DPPI SEE Disaster Risk Reduction project that was implemented from 2009 to 2012, National Protection and Rescue Directorate of the Republic of Croatia has organized a Disaster Risk Reduction for Teachers Training Course in a twining model. This event represents the Croatian and Slovenian contribution to the Disaster Management Training Programme for 2014 of the DPPI SEE.
 
The course has provided basic information on disaster risk reduction concepts and guidance, including the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and in depth orientation on the Priority 3 of the HFA. The course has also built upon participants’ existing knowledge base in a way that they could relate disaster risk reduction issues in practical terms to their day-to-day work in schools and implement important information on DRR into their lectures.
 
The aim of the Course was to help teachers...

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...

19.05.2014

 

The event representing Macedonian contribution to the DPPI SEE DMTP for the year 2104 was hosted and organized by the Protection and Rescue Directorate of Macedonia with support from the Operation Florian, UK. The planning process of the event itself took around 2 months and included not only all the fire chiefs in Macedonia but also all the relevant organizations responsible for road traffic safety. The Challenge itself is part of a wider national campaign that promotes road traffic safety elements and accordingly supports the UN decade for traffic safety. Representatives of 5 DPPI SEE member states (Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovenia and Turkey) took part in the Observers Programme of the challenge.

Theaim of the Extrication Challenge was to bring together teams of rescue personnel who are committed to not only displaying their ability but also to expanding their practical skills by learning from and teaching others involved in the same field (detailed...

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...

23.04.2014 to 24.04.2014

The XXVIII DPPI SEE Regional meeting was held on 23 - 24 April 2014 in Pržno, Montenegro and was hosted by the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro in its capacity of the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office 2014.

At this year's first regional meeting which further aimed at identifying needs and priorities of the DPPI SEE member states in dealing with the disaster preparedness and prevention related challenges, representatives of nine (9) DPPI SEE member states (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) participated in the meeting. In addition to its regular closed sessions reserved for the DPPI SEE member states' discussions on the DPPI SEE institutional issues, the meeting, as per usual practice, repeatedly serves as a forum for an exchange of information on other regional interventions undertaken by the DPPI SEE's existing and potential partners engaged in addressing disaster preparedness, prevention and disaster risk reduction with special focus on cross-border cooperation in the SEE.

During the open session of the regional meeting, the...

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...

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