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.

13.11.2012 to 14.11.2012

XXV DPPI SEE Regional Meeting was held on 13 - 14 November 2012 in Sarajevo, the seat of DPPI SEE Secretariat and was hosted/ organized by the DPPI SEE Secretariat in close cooperation with Bulgaria, the DPPI SEE Chair-in-Office 2012.
As per usual practice, the Agenda of the meeting covered a variety of subjects, including a number of internal institutional issues of importance for undeterred future functioning of the DPPI SEE. In the course of the two-day meeting the following sessions were convened:
DMTP Steering Group session
The session included discussions on the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP) 2013 and DPPI SEE Parties’ proposals on activities for inclusion in DMTP annual Work Plan 2013. The session resulted in 11 activities being proposed and adopted so far by the Steering Group, including a proposal on a joint DPPI SEE/ UNICEF workshop (12 in total). Further proposals will be integrated in the DMTP Work Plan draft by the end of the year 2012.
Advisory Board session
The session included presentations by European Commission - DG ECHO (current and upcoming IPA...

25.10.2012 to 27.10.2012

The three-day conference covered a variety of subjects such as, and inter alia, Environmental Safety, Technologies and Equipment for environmental assessment and protection, Emergency situations and disaster management, Environmental impact assessment and sustainable development, Environmental health, etc.

Following numerous presentations delivered by a number of speakers, both national and international, on Day I and II of the conference, a field trip with the working title “Awareness and preparedness for emergencies at local level” was organized on Day III of the conference whereby the participants were introduced to critical infrastructure elements as potential risks to community safety in Somesul Cald Valley.

20.10.2012 to 26.10.2012

The refresher training for firefighters of Montenegro was hosted and organized by the National Protection and Rescue Directorate of the Republic of Croatia and co-organized by the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South Eastern Europe (DPPI SEE) from 21 to 26 October 2012 in the Firefighting Operations Centre Divulje near Split as the second of two refresher trainings with respect to wildfires management (the first refresher training was organized for firefighters of Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2012).

10.10.2012 to 11.10.2012
The seminar was hosted and organized by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia and co-organized with the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). The seminar represented Serbian contribution to the DPPI SEE Disaster Management Training Programme 2012.
The aim of the seminar was to exchange and share knowledge and experiences regarding open land and forest fires management in the countries of the South Eastern Europe.

Representatives of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia participated in the seminar.