Launch of Sendai Monitoring System

On February 27 – 28, 2018 Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction in the city of Almaty together with the Office of UN for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) holds CASC Regional technical workshop on the launch of the Sendai Framework Monitoring Process. The training participants are national coordinators of the Sendai Framework for 2015-2030, United Nations coordinators for DDR and partners from the Central Asian and South Caucasus region.

Project HIP-2017 implemented by the UNISDR in cooperation with CESDRR within DipECHO X, is directed to establishment and strengthening of the capacity for DDR and resilience building on local, national and regional levels.

On the seminar instructors from Bonn and Brussels offices of the UNISDR explained the main principles of data collection for monitoring, innovations introduced in data disaggregation, as well as the important dates and deadlines.

On March 1, of this year the tool of Sendai Framework Monitoring Process will accessible online and on March 31 initial data collection will be conducted on a global level. In October 2018 data assembled countries will be included in Global Analytical Report 2019.

Center Met with the Directorates of EC and Confirmed Cooperation with ICDO by Memorandum.

On December 4-5, a delegation of the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction in Almaty (hereinafter – the Center) conducted a series of bilateral meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, and Brussels, Belgium.

The delegation visited the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the European Commission’s Directorate-General International Cooperation and Development. As the outcome parties reached an agreement to organize an expert advisory mission of the European Commission’s officer to the Center to develop the future work plan in the Central Asian region.

At the meeting at EC Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC), the officers introduced the principles and methods of ERCC operations, best practices of which will be applied at the Center in Almaty during the coordination of the elimination of large-scale and cross-border emergency situations in Central Asia.

Center’s Director V. Petrov met with the Secretary-General of the International Civil Defense Organization V. Kuvshinov. The parties discussed present issues in the field of civil defense, signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation, identified areas for future collaboration in the field of enhancing the capacity of countries in disaster risk reduction, the use of advanced information technologies. ICDO also demonstrated a space monitoring emergency software system, which is of great interest to the countries of Central Asia. This system has been used successfully at the International Monitoring and Coordination Center of the ICDO.

The delegation met with the Deputy Director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for Europe Mr. Abilash Panda to consider further action to implement the Center’s role as coordinator of the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the region of Central Asia and South Caucasus.

Concluding the visit, Director of the Center met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Head of the Delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the European Union Almaz Khamzaev to discuss cooperation of the European Commission with the Center.

The results of 14 years and 100 DipECHO projects summarized at the Center

In order to support the population and the governments of Central Asia in their quest to prevent and mitigate the effects of natural disaster, the Directorate of the European Commission on European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO) has launched Program for the Prevention of Natural Disasters (DipECHO) in 2003. On November 9-10 14 years of the program in Central Asia and about 100 DipECHO projects was summed up the Center. The EU Ambassador to Kazakhstan Mr. Traian Hristea, Head of ECHO for Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, Ms Androulla Kaminara, representatives of partner organizations and diplomatic missions participated in this event. 10-phases of the program were implemented by DipECHO partners such as the National Red Cross societies of Central Asian countries, the UN Children’s Fund, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Development Program. Over 14 years of DipECHO program conducted seismic strengthening of buildings of educational institutions, safe behavior trainings of the population during disasters, improving emergency preparedness and more.

Effective implementation of the Sendai framework programme on disaster risk reduction in the region of Central Asia and South Caucasus

During the period from September 27 to September 29, 2017 in the Center for emergency situations and disaster risk reduction in the city of Almaty there takes place the total seminar on management of knowledge “Effective implementation of the Sendai framework programme on disaster risk reduction in the region of Central Asia and South Caucasus” within the DIPEKO IX project

 

As all know the region of Central Asia and South Caucasus (TsAYuK) it is subject to disaster risk from numerous threats. The governments and partners in the field of development in the region have undertaken collective obligations for introduction of “The Sendai framework programme on disaster risk reduction for 2015-2030” for increase in stability.

The “Effective Implementation of the Sendai Framework Programme on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Region of Central Asia and South Caucasus” project realized by BSRB UN in partnership with Management of the European Operations on Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) within DIPEKO IX is directed to creation and strengthening of steady potential for the disaster risk reduction (DRR) and increase in stability at the local, national and regional levels with the concrete and coordinated actions.

For achievement of this purpose the project has supported the recommendations of “The road map for increase in stability at the local level in TsAYuK” for further advance of results of an action of DIPEKO 2014/15, having carried out assessment of “Threat, Risks, Vulnerability” (T,R,V) in three cities of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Assessment is directed to UR to simplification of preparation of development plans for the city taking into account disaster risks and identification of institutional mechanisms for consecutive and steady actions for decrease in risk.

The national governments, Mayors and the Local Commissions on management in emergency situations have taken the lead of carrying out a number of measures for achievement of stated purposes of the project. Municipal structures, national authorities of management of disasters and key representatives of government departments, representatives of communities and development agency actively participate in implementation of the project.

The regional seminar on management of knowledge is organized and takes place in the Center to unite the experience of implementation of the project got in the course of evaluating to UR and developments of the steady action plans of the city. The regional seminar unites results of the project, will coordinate the subsequent actions for maintenance of achievements and repetition the same in other place of the region.

Participants of a regional seminar Mayors and regular staff of the participating cities; National coordinators of the governments, partner organizations and interested parties; Partners in regional development and donor agencies; The DIPEKO Partner organizations in the region; UN Agencies and representatives of mass media.

The center has taken part in work of the Global platform on disaster risk reduction of 2017

On May 22-26 to Cancun, Mexico passed the Global platform on disaster risk reduction of 2017 organized by the government of the United Mexican States and UN Bureau on disaster risk reduction. It is the first world conference on disaster risk reduction after acceptance of the Sendai framework programme in 2015.

The center within operation of the Global platform participated in a row of plenary sessions, including the Regional session for the countries of Central Asia and South Caucasus on which V. Petrov reported on the operation done by Centre. The center participated in working sessions “Critical Infrastructure”, “Insurance of Risk”, “Information on Risks of Creation of the Database on Losses”, “Lowering of Vulnerability of the Countries”, “Risk Management of Disasters”.

May 26 The center made the official statement for intention to develop cooperation in the region of Central Asia and South Caucasus, to promote interaction of the interested structures for disaster risk reduction and also to appear as the coordinator on implementation of the Sendai framework programme.

During the working visit Cancun the Director Centra V. Petrov carried out a row of double-sided meetings.

The meeting with Paola Albrito, the head of regional office of UN Bureau on disaster risk reduction for the countries of Europe took place. At a meeting P. Albrito and V. Petrov sounded the principal achievements of cooperation between Centre and BSRB UN. The sides discussed the upcoming joint events on the basis of Centre on training of trainers on monitoring of implementation of the Sendai framework programme. It is planned to prepare and train 5 trainers from the countries of Central Asia which in subsequent will extend knowledge and techniques among experts experts from public authorities and other interested organizations in the countries.

At a meeting with the International organization of civil defense the secretary general V. Kuvshinov expressed readiness to cooperate with Centre and to jointly organize training of experts in the sphere of civil defense.

The director Centra held meetings with Asian center on lowering of disaster risks (Kobe, Japan), with Asian center of readiness for disasters (Bangkok, Thailand) at which intentions about further cooperation were resumed and new plans of implementation of the general actions in the Asian countries are made.

Recently assigned Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia D. Tonoyan at a double-sided meeting with V. Petrov was acquainted with Centre activities, its main tasks and a possibility of interaction and an involvement in operation Centre.

Cooperation in the field of professional development of civil protection specialists in Central Asia

On May 2, 2017, in Incheon, South Korea, an official meeting was held between the representatives of the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction and the UNISDR Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and the Global Education and  Training Institute during the training for trainers on the implementation of global programs for disaster risk reduction with participation of representatives of authorized bodies, specialized higher education institutions of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in the field of emergencies and officials of the Center.

At the meeting, the heads of the UNISDR Office in Incheon and the Center agreed to jointly develop the capacity of national and local governments to effectively implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This agreement was confirmed by signing the Statement of Cooperation.

The UNISDR Office in Incheon was established in 2010 to train and retrain personnel in the field of disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. As part of the signed Statement, the Center will train specialists in the field of disaster risk reduction in Central Asia using the materials and methodologies developed by the Global Institute.