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  • Fifth PPRD South training workshop on flood risk management Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters

    Date: 15 - 17 Feb 2011
    Country: Turkey
    City/State: Istanbul

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Fifth PPRD South training workshop on flood risk management

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (PPRD South)

Type: Meeting or Conference Date: 15 - 17 Feb 2011 Location: Turkey (Istanbul)

Background information

As the successor of the previous EU funded “Pilot” and “Bridge” programmes on Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in Civil Protection, in March 2009 the Euromed Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (“PPRD South” or “Programme” – started implementation under the service contract signed between the EC EuropeAid Cooperation Office and the Consortium established by the Italian Civil Protection Department, jointly with the Civil Protection authorities of Algeria1, Egypt2 and France3 and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction – UNISDR.

The Programme works jointly with the Civil Protection/Civil Defense Authorities of Albania, Algeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey (“Partner Countries”). The PPRD South aims to contribute to reinforce the quality of Civil Protection services in the Euro-Mediterranean region and to continue institutional cooperation in the field, both between the EU and the Partner Countries and among the Partner Countries themselves. For this purpose, the PPRD South has planned to implement a number of activities, among which some initiatives aimed at improving knowledge and understanding in the Partner Countries of existing methodologies and practices for effective prevention and preparedness to disasters, at the regional, national and local levels.

Purpose of the training workshop

Water and Flood Risk Management (FRM) play a key role in economic growth and social development. Flood damage to agricultural land, homestead and infrastructures destabilizes socioeconomic activities. Among disasters that annually heavily impact the Euro-Mediterranean region, floods are known as the most destructive to property, crops and infrastructure and causing casualties.

The purpose of this training workshop is to discuss flood management in order to promote integrated approach and use best practices and lessons learnt. Towards this, the training workshop aims to bring together emergency responders with researchers, academicians, policy drafters for a broad exchange of respective views and experiences relevant to water and flood management.

It seeks to bring foreword research findings, case studies, recent advances in planning and design methodologies and in particular EU experiences that can be used broader. The training workshop will build upon participants’ existing knowledge base so they can relate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) issues in practical terms to their day-to-day work responsibilities.

Objective of the training workshop

- Establishing a common understanding of FRM and DRR – i.e.: basic concepts and terminologies, predictability, risk assessment, models and techniques for the analysis of the primary sources of floods risk, including their uncertainties, focus on extreme events and joint probabilities;

- Developing a better understanding of preparedness as integral to DRR and planning for response;
- Illustrating the role of different stakeholders and the importance of inter-institutional coordination between stakeholders;
- Introducing and examining the advances in floods forecasting and the implications for risk management;
- Discussing information gathering and exchanging and floods warning systems;
- Building a network among the participants by sharing respective experiences and existing know-how.


The training workshop aims to be an highly interactive event. It is divided into six different blocks. Each block will include introductory presentation/s, followed by group exercise and work. This shall provide intensive exchange of views, practices, lessons learnt and recommendations for the Partner Countries (i.e.: “how we can do better?”) as well as for the PPRD South, where to focus in future.

Tentative programme (tbc)

Day 1: 15 February 2011

Setting the scene
Block 1: Introduction
- Opening
- Introduction of participants and facilitators
- Introduction of training workshop structure, aim and objectives
Coffee Break
- Exercise: Definitions game
Lunch Break
Block 2: Understanding of Flood Risks and DRR
- Exercise feed-back (Definition Game)
- Presentation: Integrated Flood Risk Management (basic concepts and terminologies, predictability, risk assessment, models and techniques for the analysis of the primary sources of flood risk – flash flood, river and estuarine floods, coastal flooding – including their uncertainties. Focus on extreme events and joint probabilities).
Coffee Break
- Exercise: Mapping Hazards with group reports
- Presentation: Regional Cooperation
- Key Learning Points

Day 2: 16 February 2011

Advances in Flood Forecasting and the Implications for Flood Risk Management (FRM)
Block 3: International Guidelines and regulations for FRM
- Presentation: EU “Flood Directive”
- Presentation: EU Flood Alert System
Coffee Break
- Exercise
- Exercise feed-back
Lunch Break
Block 4: Information gathering and exchange and flood warning
- Presentation/Case Study.
- Exercise (incl. coffee break) and key learning points

Day 3: 17 February 2011
What can we do better?
Block 5: Joint Flood Risk Management Planning and implementation.
- Presentation: Elements of Flood Risk Management planning, innovative mitigation and sustainable Flood Risk Management
- Exercise (incl. coffee break): elements for national planning for floods emergency response
- Exercise feed back
Lunch break
Block 6: Cross-cutting issues
- Presentation: Stakeholders and cross-cutting issues (economics of Flood Risk Management, trans-boundary issues, gender issues) with discussion.
- Presentation: Transboundary Flood Risk Management, activities on flood management under the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Water Convention
Coffee Break
- Summary
- Closure

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Target Audience

This training workshop targets two (2) senior experts per each Partner Country:

- One (1) senior expert who works in the national disaster management agency/directorate/Civil Protection/Civil Defence service or similar structures dealing with disasters’ prevention and preparedness, related to floods;

- One (1) senior expert from other national line ministries with DRR (flood management) functions, e.g. national hydro-meteorological services or urban planners, or members of the national coordination mechanisms (National Platforms, National Disaster Management Committees or Focal Points).

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