PPRD South Programme supports international cooperation for the reinforcement of Civil Protection capacities between the European Union, the Mediterranean and Balkan Partner Countries under the umbrella of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
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Euromed regional Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (PPRD). The purpose of the Programme is to contribute to the development of improved civil protection prevention, preparedness and response capacities at international, national and local levels. These objectives will be pursued over 3 years through four broad areas of activity aimed at:
* Risk assessment – by developing national and regional risk assessment tools such as risk review, risk maps, CP Operational Manual;
* Prevention and preparedness – by organising training workshops, study visits and technical assistance, by sensitising the creation of national platforms for disaster risk reduction and by supporting regional cooperation;
* Response – by improving the coverage and the coordination of existing warning systems and of the relevant operational centres and implementing simulation exercises, and
* Information/communication – by improving the information and awareness of affected populations regarding risk exposure, prevention and response.
Specific activities aimed at achieving the Programme’s goal include moreover the establishment of a network of permanent National Correspondents. The PPRD South Programme will also contribute to bringing the Mediterranean Partners closer towards the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism in accordance with the Joint Declaration of the Paris Summit for the Mediterranean in 2008, which states that: “A joint Civil Protection programme […] linking the region more closely to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is one of the main priorities of the region”.