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...



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 United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) updated the Regional Meeting on their on-going DRR activities in the South Eastern Europe...

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. 


Following the Command, Control and Coordination Course (November 2013, Serbia) being the 1st activity in the set of those planned within the DPPI SE JERU project, on 20 January 2014 the 3rd JERU planning meeting was held in Sarajevo whereby representatives of 9 project participating countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) discussed on further implementation of the project activities in 2014 onwards.
The main topics discussed at the meeting included arrangements for the procurement and dissemination of the JERU personal protection equipment and planning/ organization of the JERU SWIFT practical trainings. In this respect, the participating countries also performed further analysis of the proposed JERU personal protection equipment and reached agreement on the technical details of the equipment.
On the same occasion, the participating countries had the opportunity to learn more about and comment on the implementation of the upcoming IPA Programme for floods prevention, preparedness and response which is meant to establish multinational floods related modules in the EU candidate...