04.11.2013 to 08.11.2013

The Command, Control and Coordination (C3) Course is the first in the set of activities planned within the DPPI SEE JERU project work plan. The course was organized by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia in the framework of the Initiative.
The main objective of the course is to prepare team leaders of JERU Flood response teams of the South East Europe for interventions in case of floods in the area of the South Eastern Europe, in addition to increasing their awareness and knowledge of the international disaster operations and enhancing their capability to lead their respective units in a multi-task and multi-stakeholder international environment. Moreover, course will provide opportunity to increase their knowledge of international response systems and coordination mechanisms and the role of team leaders in mission cycle, improve teamwork skills and integrate these in the existing national and international coordination arrangements in a disaster-affected country, as well as to discuss previous experiences in particular those where special expertise was required and/or used.
The course target audience are nominated team leaders of flood response teams from SEE and their replacements. Participants should have diverse background in national flood response operations and comprehensive knowledge of all team functions, comprehensive knowledge of water rescue techniques, tactics,...

09.10.2013 to 11.10.2013

This seminar was Serbian contribution to the Disaster Management Training Programme for 2013 within the activities of Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South Eastern Europe (DPPI SEE) and was organized by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.
Seminar was attended by representatives from 9 countries of the region – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Romania and Turkey, as well as representatives of the Red Cross Serbia.
The main goal of the seminar was presenting the place and role of Civil Protection (CP) Units in the Protection and Rescue System of Republic of Serbia and countries in the region. This was accomplished through sharing experience and lessons learned on drafting and implementing the legal regulations in this filed and through discussions on methods of their forming on the national and local level and their training. During seminar each participating country shared its experience in creating CP units and their use in protection and rescue system of their country.
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02.10.2013 to 03.10.2013

The workshop, held from 2-3 October in Budva, Montenegro, was hosted by the Directorate of Emergency Situations of the Government of Montenegro within the framework of the DPPI SEE and was organized in cooperation with DPPI SEE Secretariat, UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) and UNISDR Office for Europe. The workshop presents Montenegrin contribution to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme 2013.
Government representatives from ten countries of the South Eastern Europe (SEE) region participated in the workshop, notably Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of), Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. Unfortunately, Croatia could not be represented at the meeting. The country delegations included a mix of participants, including civil protection agencies, education sectors, school directors and local governments. In addition, there were representatives from DPPI Secretariat, UNICEF Regional Office and UNICEF Country Offices (BiH, Moldova and Montenegro), UNISDR Europe and UNDP Montenegro. The workshop was facilitated by a DRR expert from Switzerland, who until 2012 was a member of the Swiss National Platform...

16.09.2013 to 20.09.2013

Disaster Risk Reduction Training Course was the Croatian and Slovenian contribution to the Disaster Management Training Programme for 2013 of the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South Eastern Europe (DPPI SEE) and it was co-organized by Croatian National Protection and Rescue Directorate and Slovenian Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief.

DRR Course was attended by 22 participants from 10 nations from the region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) and with facilitation from Croatia, Slovenia, and Sweden (8 facilitators). All together 30 participants took part on the course. List of participants is attached to this report.

The 4 days focused on a holistic approach to reducing risks, responding to and recovering from disasters specific to the region of South-Eastern Europe. The course provided in depth orientation on disaster risk reduction concepts and guidance, including the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), as well as understanding the key aspects and activities of response and recovery. The course built upon participants’ existing knowledge...

14.09.2013 to 22.09.2013

Cave rescue Training - 2013 was jointly organized by Croatian mountain rescue service - Commission for speleological rescue with the support of the Croatian National Protection and Rescue Directorate and by Cave rescue Service of Slovenia in the frame of DPPI SEE.


This training was already the fifth in the row. The first training was organized in 2009 in Montenegro, then in 2010 in Macedonia, in 2011 in Bulgaria and in 2012 in Slovenia. All together there were more than 100 participants from DPPI SEE member countries trained in cave rescue techniques.


Slovenian cave rescue service and Croatian mountain rescue service made an important in 2012 by applying for European funds whereby these were awarded the funds for the implementation of the European project EU Proteus (ending in December 2013. Within the project PROTEUS a large-scale exercise PARADANA 2013 was carried out in Slovenia (August 2013). In this exercise...

27.05.2013 to 28.05.2013

The conference was organized by the University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica and supported by National Protection and Rescue Directorate (NPRD) of the Republic of Croatia. The event presents one of the Croatian contributions to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme for 2013. The focus of the 6th International Scientific and Professional Conference was on "Contemporary Policies of Crisis Management" (Day I), while the discussions of the Roundtable on Day II addressed the subject of “Modern Trends in Civil Protection” and involved active participation of all DPPI SEE representatives.

The aim of the Crisis Management Days was not only to provide the opportunity for an exchange of knowledge and experiences in the area of crisis management but also to serve as an opportunity for further widening of networks among experts, academicians and other responsible actors in the field of crisis management. The conference opening ceremony included the keynote address by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Prof. Ivo JOSIPOVIC, Ph.D, and was supplemented by speeches from Mr. Jadran PERINIC, Ph.D (...

23.04.2013 to 24.04.2013

The seminar with a title "lnsurance as a method for Disaster Risk Reduction in SEE"seminar  was held on 23 - 24 April 2013 at hotel “Manastir”, Berovo, Macedonia. The seminar was hosted by the Macedonian Protection and Rescue Directorate and was organized in cooperation with the National Insurance Supervisory Agency of Macedonia under the framework of the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) 2013.
The main objective of the seminar was to share information and discuss the current status of disaster insurance in the region of SEE, including the recommendations for further improvements of the use of disaster insurance in the SEE countries efforts to build disaster resilient communities.
The seminar was aimed for medium/ senior level disaster planners in addition to the representatives of the national agencies for insurance supervision. As part of the seminar two-day programme, the participants (DPPI SEE Parties’ representatives) also had an opportunity to deliver one fifteen-minute presentation on the seminar main topic...
03.04.2013 to 05.04.2013


 Disasters affect the development all around the world and this makes disaster management one of the most important topics of the governments all over the globe. Between 2002 and 2011, there were 4.309 disasters recorded, resulting from natural hazards around the world where 1.124.854 people perished and a minimum of 1.313 billion USD was recorded in losses. In the year 2011 alone, 365 disasters claimed 33.760 lives; affected 206 million people and inflicted damages worth an estimated 366 billion USD.

 In order to manage the disasters effectively at all phases from disaster risk reduction to recovery, the direct, indirect and secondary effects of the disasters should be assessed in detail. All these effects are directly related to the economic growth of the affected country, mostly as an economic loss in the short run and rarely as an economic gain opportunity in the long run.

 On the other hand, there is a wide range of funds and financial resources that the stakeholders can benefit from during the disaster management process especially for disaster reduction projects and disaster relief operations. Furthermore, the disaster...

13.12.2012 to 14.12.2012

This training was Republic of Turkey’s contribution to the Disaster Management Training Programme for 2012 within the scope of DPPI SEE DMTP Annual Work Plan and was hosted by Prime Ministry, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).


The literal meaning of “psycho-social" is the dynamic relationship of psychological and social impacts which continuously interact with each other. On the other hand, this term can be defined as a body of multi-disciplinary services provided at every phase of the disaster cycle and entailing disaster psycho-social support; the prevention of any likely post-disaster psychological disharmony/disorder; restoring and the rehabilitation of relationships both at the family and community levels; ensuring that those affected recognize their capacities and are strengthened in the normalizing process; the increase of communal coping/relief/recovery skills in the probable future disasters and emergencies; and the provision of support to relief workers.

27.11.2012 to 28.11.2012

The workshop was Bulgarian contribution to the Disaster Management Training Project for 2012 of the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South Eastern Europe and was organized by Fire Safety and Civil Protection Chief Directorate, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The workshop was held in Sofia on 27 and 28 November 2012 in Vitosha Park Hotel, 1 Rosario str. (http://www.vitoshaparkhotel.com/)

The aim of the workshop was to share experiences and best practices and to provoke discussions on the ways for enhancing the role of volunteers and voluntary units in the states in SEE region in disaster response and humanitarian aid operations as well as to outline areas of possible future cooperation.