Programme Activity Areas
The stakeholder analysis was successfully completed during the Inception Phase, via missions and consultations with the key national partners and other national stakeholders in the Partner Countries. On the basis of the stakeholder analysis, a training needs analysis was completed - the process being greatly facilitated by the holding of European Civil Protection Mechanism Info-days in the Partner Countries and via a Regional seminar on exercise planning, conduction and evaluation methodology and Initial Planning Conference for Table Top Exercises in Ukraine on December, 2011 in order to share experiences on exercise planning and to reach a common understanding between Partner Countries about goals, methods, planning methodology, and evaluation of table top and field exercises. On the basis of this needs assessment process, a training programme was developed for international responders (TPIR) to work with the EU CP Mechanism/MIC.
The training programme has been enriched with the inclusion of Sub-regional and regional Workshops and a final Exchange of Experts on Disaster Risk Reduction and the SEVESO II Directive Capacity Building and Introduction to SEVESO III Directive. The implementation of the training programme started with the participation of Belarusian experts in UNECE Hazard and Crisis Management Workshops in July & December 2011, a SEVESO II study tour/workshop in Poland in February 2012, and a Study visit to Estonia in March 2012 by representatives from the key beneficiary from Azerbaijan.
On June 1-7, 2013, June 22-28, 2013 and October 19-25, 2013 43 experts from PPRD East Partner Countries followed the three Basic Civil Protection Trainings (equivalent of Community Mechanism Introduction Course under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism Training Programme). The venue selected for trainings was Fire Service College in the United Kingdom, which provided excellent conditions for delivering the theoretical and practical sessions. All the arrangements and the set up were made to ensure the compatibility with similar trainings provided for EU CP Mechanism Participating Countries.
The First Sub-regional Main Planning Conference and Table Top Exercise were successfully organized on June 2013 in Belarus, the Second Sub-regional MPC&TTX was organised on September 30-October 2, 2013 in Moldova, and the Third - on February 2014 in Georgia. At least 66 experts from PPRD East Partner Countries tested the coordination procedures between international actors, government officials and emergency workers.
On May, 2013 8 representatives of the PPRD East Programme Partner Countries participated at the 4th European Civil Protection Forum – a unique opportunity for civil protection and disaster management professionals to come together and advance the debate on the EU role in disaster management by discussing the best practices, recent developments and new ideas.
With an aim to further familiarize Partner Countries with the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the Study tour to the Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) was organised on November 2013. Partner Countries’ representatives have been provided the first-hand experience not only on the role and operations of the ERCC, but also on the whole spectrum of activities undertaken by Directorate General of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (DG ECHO) within the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
The main focus for the final period was to continue with the implementation of the training programme comprised of the two Operational Management Trainings (March and April 2014, United Kingdom), of a Study on the regional provision of assistance during disaster and host-nation support.
The implementation of regional Main Planning Conference (March 2014, Moldova) and regional Table Top Exercises (April 2014, Georgia) was also successfully completed.