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POD (ROBG-427)

Partnerships for Overcoming the Disasters for a safe region

What’s the goal?

To increase the reactive and preventive capacity in case of forest fire or floods in the Giurgiu - Ruse cross - border cooperation area, as well as to improve the cooperation and communication between the governmental and non - governmental organizations in Romania and Bulgaria in the field of emergency situations.

What’s the budget?

994,135.10 euro, out of 845,014.81 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Giurgiu County Council

Beneficiary 2 (B2):  Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC)

Beneficiary 3 (B3): Red Cross Giurgiu Branch

Beneficiary 4 (B4): University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev”

When is it happening?

Start date: 26.05.2020

End date: 25.12.2023

Duration: 43 months

Where is it happening?

Ruse in Bulgaria

Giurgiu in Romania

How is it going to happen?

  • Training of Trainers on awareness raising and floods preparedness among the general population;
  • Organizing one seminar for prevention of the personnel involved in the management of forest fires and floods in the Giurgiu - Ruse area;
  • Development of "Info Days" for forest fires and floods in the Giurgiu – Ruse area;
  • Flood preparedness of population Ruse and Giurgiu area;
  • Organization of Round tables and conferences;
  • Providing operational centres with modern communication and intervention equipment for floods and forest fires.                                                        

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

Programme outputs:

- 4 of joint partnerships in the field of joint early warning and emergency response

- 276.000 - Population benefiting from flood protection measures

- 500.000 - Population benefiting from forest fire protection measures

– 500.000 - Population benefiting from actions of risk management

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

Project status (reflected in progress reports)

The following progress has been achieved so far:

The conferences for launching the project were organized in 2020, online on the 28th of July by the LB and on the 30th of September 2020 by the B2- Bulgarian Red Cross.

LB – Giurgiu County Council received on 14.09.2022 two Water trucks (20 tons) with pump which will be used by ESI Giurgiu for interventions in case of floods or forest fires.

On 10.03.2023 took place the reception of the emergency intervention equipment (Respiratory protection devices, thermal imaging integrated in the mask).

A contract was signed on 16.03.2023 for the development of a common strategy for intervention and preventive action against forest fires in the Giurgiu - Ruse area and is ongoing.

B2 – Bulgarian Red Cross, participated at the trainings and Info Days organized by Beneficiary 3 – Red Cross Giurgiu Branch and also participated at the signing of collaboration protocols between B3 and institutions responsible for flooding and forest fire intervention in the Giurgiu-Ruse cross-border cooperation area.

During the period 28.02-01.03.2023, B2 organized an Info Day in Ruse which was attended by 58 people, 15 of them from Romania.

During the period 23-24.03.2023 a round table and conference were organized and were attended by 62 participants, 24 of them from Romania.

On 30.03.2023 took place the training of the population according to W.P. 4 - Flood preparedness of the population in the Ruse and Giurgiu area in the municipality of Slivo Pole - the village of Ryahovo and the town of Slivo Pole, as well as in a school in the town of Dve Mogili. Trained persons from the adult population - 49, of which three Romanian citizens, and from the students in high school course - 24 persons.

B3 – Red Cross Giurgiu Branch organized 7 training sessions in the field of flood protection measures. Also organized a round table and a conference (15-16.09.2022) and an event with the institutions responsible for the intervention in the event of floods and forest fires in the Giurgiu-Ruse cross-border cooperation area (29.09-02.10.2022).

During the period 27-28.04.2023 were organized the Info Days in Giurgiu.

The Partnership for training actions and volunteering in flood situations, was concluded on 03.04.2023 by B3.

The website is updated and it runs at the following address: https://emergencysituationsrobg.com.

B4 – University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev” received the Geographic Information System (GIS) and integrated it into it’s technological environment. This GIS system will help establish list of areas likely to be affected by forest fires.It was elaborated a bilingual inventory (in Romanian and Bulgarian languages) with areas which can be affected by forest fires in the Giurgiu-Ruse area. Also it was elaborated an assessment of the vulnerabilities and hazards that can be generated by the forest fires in the Giurgiu-Ruse area.

In the period 05-07.04.2023 in Veliko Tarnovo the event titled “Concluding collaboration protocols with the institutions that have attributions in the field of floods and forest fire intervention in the Giurgiu - Ruse cross border cooperation area” was held, organized by the team of the University of Ruse.

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