The Euromed Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made Disasters (PPRD) is an EU funded programme aimed at raising national resilience of the southern Mediterranean partner countries (countries targeted by the European Neighbourhood Policy – ENP) affected by a natural or man-made disasters, mainly through risk reduction (prevention, mitigation, public awareness) and preparedness (capacity building, contingency planning), as well as improved cooperation at international level.
Location: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Syria, Tunisia
Client: European Commission
Building on the acquis and lessons learned from ongoing and previous programmes, the purpose of the project, in which MWH is involved as a consortium partner, is to:
- stimulate the development of a national approach to disaster management based on prevention, mitigation, and preparedness rather than on response, with the involvement of governmental actors as well as of civil society stakeholders;
- encourage inter-regional co-ordination and co-operation in order to have coordinated responses of partner countries affected by the same disaster; and reinforce institutional co-operation between the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the ENP South partner countries’ civil protection and marine pollution systems.
- Result 1: Prevention and mitigation mechanisms, and legislation at regional, national and local level are investigated; proposals for modification/integration are managed according to the risk analysis of the specific country, with regards to the local institutional framework. Emphasis should be brought in particular on the importance of incorporating disaster risk reduction in urban planning and in development of measures such as building standards, codes, land use planning, and industrial safety.
- Result 2: Existing initiatives, such as the national platforms for disaster risk reduction (DRM) or similar and national adaptation and civil protection strategies to enhance in-country capacities and ad hoc prevention structures are evaluated. Proposal for strengthening DRM are developed taking into account bilateral support offered by UN and other agencies, to avoid gaps and overlapping and to contribute with evidence based requests for financial support.
- Result 3: A holistic assessment of risks is developed in each partner country; developed risk atlas (GIS mapping methodologies), and existing early Warning Tools are implemented and adopted as decision making support tools.
- Result 4: Proposals for appropriate legislative, regulatory, organisational, and operational measures to implement preventive and mitigation measures are established; gap analysis on legislation is established in reference, among other, to best practises adopted in the EU and its Member States;
- Result 5: Close collaboration with EU scientific/research organisations such as the Joint Research Centre, Centre for research on the epidemiology of disasters (CRED), the Euro-Mediterranean seismological centre, MeteoAlarm, and ENP South partner countries’ scientific/research organisations is established for the risk mapping activities and for the early warning tools.
- ENP South Countries
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