Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

EU Holds Lessons Learned Workshop on Disaster Preparedness in Tbilisi

Tbilisi, 21/06/2017 - 08:10, UNIQUE ID: 170621_3
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The European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) held a 2-day workshop, co-chaired with the State Security and Crisis Management Council of Georgia. ECHO’s partner organisations such as international non-governmental organisations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, specialised UN agencies and other government counterparts also participated. The workshop discussedlessons learned following the implementation of ECHO’s Disaster preparedness programme (DIPECHO across the Southern Caucasus) in the past 12 months.

Since June 2016, the 6 DIPECHO partner organisations  have been implementing projects which aim at enhancing the population’s resilience and reducing the need for humanitarian assistance in the event of a natural disaster. This not only includes community-based projects but also programmes fostering the integration of disaster risk reduction principles into education curricula. In addition there was an  exchange of knowledge and best global and regional practices on disaster risk reduction at local and regional levels, including urban risks. Ultimately, all DIPECHO projects contribute to the promotion of the global agenda as defined by the Sendai Framework for Disaster risk reduction 2015-2030.  These projects were funded by the European Union through ECHO with a budget of €2 million in 2016-2017. The phase out round of DIPECHO will add another €800000 which will be used by partners until mid-2018.  

During the workshop, participants presented methods and approaches which illustrated the impact of their projects, and explained to what extent these activities can be replicated.

The First Secretary of the European Union Delegation to Georgia, Mr. Kaido Sirel, together with Mr. Levan Girsiashvili, Deputy Secretary of the State Security and Crisis Management Council of Georgia, opened the Workshop.

Several documentary movies prepared by DIPECHO partnerse were screened during the workshop programme, while various visibility materials provided by ECHO and its implementing partners were displayed on the periphery of the event. 

About EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO)

The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid.  Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

DIPECHO is a global, nearly €350 million programme of the European Commission that was launched in 1998, of which over €10 million were spent in the Southern Caucasus. DIPECHO strengthens the capacity of communities to prepare and cope with and reduce the adverse impact of natural disasters on their lives and livelihoods while building their resilience. Since 2010 in the Southern Caucasus, over 30 DIPECHO projects were implemented, focusing on communities most at risk, but also promoting crucially important policy changes.

For any further information, please contact:  Tamriko Mikadze, Press and Information Officer, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia,


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