The Euro-Mediterranean Programme for Prevention, Preparation and Response to Natural and Man Made Disasters (PPRD South) was born in 1996 on Italy and Egypt joint initiative, in order to refine disaster exposition knowledge and harmonize Civil Protection systems of Mediterranean countries in an experimental project for Prevention, Preparation and Response to Natural and Man Made Disasters.
The first phase, started in 1999 and ended in 2004, going through different stages such as training, education and exchange of experts and technical assistance. In 2005 the second phase, called ‘The Bridge’ commenced, with the purpose of improving both knowledge and mutual reliability amongst partners of the regional Civil Protection system and starting a new Euro-Mediterranean Civil Protection Programme for the long term.
The new Euro-Mediterranean Programme for Prevention, Preparation and Response to Natural and Man Made Disasters (PPRD South), launched in march 2009, focuses on consolidating and developing the experience gained in previous phases of the Euromed. In particular, the PPRD Programme aspires to contribute to the construction of a Mediterranean cultural area shared with the Civil Protection and based on the prevention of disaster rather than response.
This third phase of the Programme is managed by a consortium directed by the Italian Civil Protection Department which includes the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and National Authorities for the Civil Protection of beneficiaries countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Palestinian Authority, Tunisia, Israel, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro – and of observatory countries – Libya e Mauritania.
The goal of the PPRD South Programme is to contribute to the improvement of capabilities of prevention, preparation and disaster response at any level: international, national and local.
This goal will be pursued in the three years scheduled for the programme, through four lines of work:
o Risk evaluation – by promoting the development of risk management tools such as risk analysis, risk maps, Civil Protection operative hand book;
o Prevention and preparation – by organizing training seminars, surveys and technical assistance and by making the involved parties aware of the creating of national platforms for risk reduction and by promoting regional cooperation at a higher level;
o Response – by contributing to the improvement of existing alert systems coverage and coordination and their operative centres and by carrying out simulation exercises;
o Information and communication – by improving the level of information and by increasing people’s awareness in risk exposure, prevention tools and response.
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