European civil protection heads to meet in Malta
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European civil protection heads to meet in Malta

The heads of the national civil protection authorities of 27 EU Member States and the 14 Mediterranean and Balkan partner countries will meet in Malta on Wednesday for a mid-term review of the actions carried out by the Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (PPRD) Programme and to endorse the proposed work-plan for the year 2011.

The meeting, that will sum up the activities carried out by the programme during the first 18 months of its life, will also see the participation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the UN agencies working with disaster management in the Mediterranean region (UNISDR and OCHA).

The programme’s main objective is to contribute to the development in the Mediterranean region of a Civil Protection culture based on prevention rather than response.

The meeting will end with the endorsement of the work-plan which includes among other activities the organization of workshops on earthquakes, floods, climate change, operational planning, and a full scale exercise.

The three-year EU funded programme is coordinated by a consortium led by the Italian Civil Protection Department together with the National Civil Protection Authorities of Algeria, Egypt, France and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

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