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Joint efforts against natural disasters

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to ensure a fast working cross-border interaction and cooperation in case of emergency situations caused by man-made or natural disasters.

What’s the budget?

937,151.73 euro, out of which 796,578.96 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Mezdra Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Mehedinti County Gendarmes Inspectorate, Mehedinti County (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 13.09.2018

End date: 12.09.2021

Duration: 36 months

Where is it happening?

Mehedinti in Romania

Vratsa in Bulgaria

How is it going to happen?

  • elaboration of well-structured common action plans and strategies
  • coordination of the joint initiatives such as know-how sharing, training, resources, and equipment sharing
  • constant monitoring of the current situation and identification of potential risks
  • involvement of the population through delivery of information about possible risks and appropriate behavior to avoid and minimize them
  • introduction of measures and rules for prevention of natural and man-made hazards on a local and cross-border level
  • implementation of an early warning system where this would lead to specific preventive actions
  • modernization of tools and equipment needed to perform the specific tasks and actions
  • landslide area reconstruction

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 1 joint partnership in the field of joint early warning and emergency response, 22,000 people benefiting from actions of risk management and flood protection measures, 385,000 people benefiting from forest fire protection measures

Programme results: increased quality of the joint risk management in the CBC area

Project status

The project is currently being implemented with the following results:

LB has finished the implementation of the works activities for Landslide reconstruction for strengthening the landslide in Ignatitsa village, the permission for use was issued on 28th of February 2020 by the Directorate for National Construction Control from Bulgarian. LB has started the implementation of „Information campaign among representatives of the municipal administration, representatives of the state administration on the local level, municipal structures, teachers from schools and kinder gardens, and the information campaign will continue. Also, the joint “Strategy and action plan” in case of disasters, was elaborated.

B2, finished the public procurement procedure for specialized fire extinguishing equipment, and the followings equipment were delivered: Portable high-pressure extinguishing system; Multifunctional vehicles with crane and hook lift; Mobile container to transport materials (sand); Mobile container equipped; 6X4 Truck to carry equipment; Two pick-up 4x4 land vehicles for action in the forest fire-fighting.

Still, because of COVID-19 restrictions, the activities of the project related with organization of events / trainings for the specialized staff / common exercise have encountred problems in the implementation, being delayed, eventually. The project implementation was, therefore, extended with 6 months and the project shall be finalized in September 2021.

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