Disaster Risk Reduction workshop was held in Yerevan


On November 5-7 Sub-regional Disaster Risk Reduction workshop was held in Yerevan. It was organized by the EU Eastern Neighborhood Support initiative within the framework of EU founded programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to man-made and natural disasters” (PPRD East). 

On the opening of the workshop, Deputy director of Rescue Service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia major-general Nikolaj Grigoryan noted, that it was adopted to respond to disasters till recent times, but now a lot of work is being done towards prevention and preparedness.

The DG ECHO Policy Officer Thomas de Lannoy, answering to the journalists questions, mentioned that in this sphere the main work will be targeted at the preparedness raising.

The workshop was attended by experts from Italy, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, as well as several international organizations.

 During the workshop reports on the following themes were presented: disasters as a development challenge, DRR platforms work in different countries, climate change and disaster risk reduction, Geographic Informative systems (GIS), global and local risks, the role of media, etc.

The results of the workshop were summarized by PPRD East Team LeaderSergey Anagnosti: “We have planned this workshop to discover the capabilities and approach of the countries included in the program related to disaster preparedness and prevention. We are aware of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Armenia, Belarus also announced for establishment of such a structure. This meeting was a great opportunity for experts from different countries and international organizations. It gave them opportunity to get acquainted with each other, share their useful experience and knowledge. For this purpose we had invited our partner UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk, representatives from Italy civil protection department DRR national platform and coordinator of Hyogo activities program in Georgia. Effective discussions were held with these experts. Generally, all directions of our program are interrelated: prevention and planning work on the one hand, and local response organizations capacities development on the other hand”. 


List of participants

Event report