UNDRR and DPPI SEE expand collaboration on building local resilience in South East Europe – World

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Like the rest of the world, the South Eastern Europe (SEE) region is experiencing rapid urban growth. This growing concentration of people and assets in one place increases vulnerabilities to different hazards. The added challenge of climate change means that the risks associated with rapid urban growth are expected to intensify further. Without appropriate prevention and mitigation activities and plans, the consequences of disasters can not only slow down the development of the region, but also cause human and economic losses.

The Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South Eastern Europe (DPPI SEE), created in 2000, provides a framework for SEE countries to strengthen their capacities to prevent and respond to hazards. DPPI SEE is a key sub-regional partner of the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ROECA) of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). assistance. Building on their collaboration to develop the INFORM Risk Index at sub-national levels in SEE countries in 2021/2022, UNDRR and DPPI SEE are now extending their joint support to building local resilience in the region. through the Making Cities Resilience 2030 (MCR2030) initiative.

The DPPI SEE training program for 2022 is dedicated to disaster risk reduction. Two training sessions, focusing on risk assessment and building local resilience, took place earlier this year, with the third workshop – scheduled for October – focusing on disaster risk financing.

In May 2022, DPPI SEE organized its first workshop in Belgrade, Serbia, dedicated to national and local resilience assessments, where DPPI SEE Member States exchanged knowledge and shared experiences on the development of national resilience assessments. risks, with contributions from partners, including UNDRR ROECA. As a key result, a permanent working group will be created within DPPI SEE to regularly discuss the issue of disaster risk assessments.

In June 2022, DPPI SEE, in partnership with the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) of the Turkish Government and UNDRR, organized a second event in Antalya, Turkey, on local mitigation strategies and plans disasters and the MCR2030 initiative. Member States were represented at national and local level and actively participated in the workshop and its discussions. AFAD presented its guidelines on the design of local disaster risk reduction strategies, which were very well received by Member States and considered as an asset that can also be applied to other geographical contexts. The second day of the workshop was dedicated to MCR2030, during which UNDRR AFAD and DPPI-SEE, along with other MCR2030 partners, including the Network of Associations of Local Authorities in SEE (NALAS) , UNDP and the Global Covenant of Mayors, introduced the participating countries. the opportunity to learn more about the tools, knowledge base and networking opportunities available to MCR2030 members. This information was well received by Member States and sparked lively discussions, which resulted in the identification of two important elements to consider to support the success of RCM2030 in the SEE region:

  1. Strengthening the governance and frameworks necessary for the implementation of MCR2030 activities in the region. While RCM2030 activities support building urban resilience, it is important that appropriate arrangements are in place to ensure they are consistent with cities’ legal disaster risk management obligations – including preparedness. risk assessments and contingency plans.

  2. Ensure consistency of MCR2030 activities and overall resilience planning. As with the legal basis, it is important that RCM2030 activities are directly integrated – both practically and conceptually – into overall city resilience planning processes from the outset. This will ensure that there is no duplication or parallel efforts, and that cities capitalize on all available resources to develop and support their resilience strategies.

While successful examples of cities working on local resilience already exist in the region, MCR2030 has proven to be a valuable mechanism and platform for collaboration, which can trigger change processes at the local level.

As DPPI SEE joins the regional coordination committee of the MCR2030 initiative in Europe and Central Asia, it is fully committed to supporting the implementation of the initiative in the region. Although DPPI SEE focuses on supporting disaster risk management at the national level, it also recognizes the critical importance of supporting resilience building at the local level.

DPPI SEE began collaborating with NALAS last year, bringing together the expertise of both organizations to support urban resilience in the region. This includes the development of a joint roadmap, which aims to increase the number of SEE cities joining the MCR2030 and supports twinning and peer learning between cities and local governments, as well as the creation of MCR2003 Resilience Hubs. DPPI SEE and NALAS are committed, with the appropriate structures, mandates and networks in place, to offer real and measurable support to build the resilience of local governments and cities in the SEE region.

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