Azerbaijani ministry to study European experience
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 2 / Trend E. Mehdiyev /
Disaster managers and civil protection exercise planners from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine convene on 5-9 December in Kyiv, Ukraine, to share their experience and get familiarised with the EU methodology of planning, conducting and evaluation of the civil protection table-top and field exercises. Commonly agreed concept of the exercises in the framework of the EU funded Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to man-made and natural disasters in the ENPI East Region (PPRD East) and outlines of four table-top exercise scenarios are expected as the main outcome of the seminar and planning conference, PPRD East told Trend today.
The PPRD East working plan foresees organisation of four table-top and one field exercise, involving civil protection assets from all six Partner Countries. In order to achieve better and identical understanding of processes of planning, conducting and evaluating exercises, the exercise programme will be opened by methodological seminar.
Disaster managers from Partner Countries will have an opportunity to present their national civil protection exercise systems, to learn the experience of organisation of exercises in the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, to discuss and agree upon common concept and main elements of the table-top and field exercises to be held during the implementation phase of the PPRD East programme, starting in summer 2012.
The seminar will be followed by the initial planning conference for all four table-top exercises, which will be played between pairs of neighbouring Partner Countries (Georgia-Armenia, Georgia-Azerbaijan, Ukraine-Belarus, Ukraine-Moldova). Each of those exercises will concentrate on most likely disaster in respective area: earthquake, flood, forest fires and chemical accident. The planning conference will result in drafting exercise scenarios and agreeing on time, venue, technical support and other main issues, which will enable starting more detailed planning.
The seminar and initial planning conference will be conducted and facilitated by civil protection experts from Estonia and Ukraine, having substantial experience in real missions and exercises.