Working Table III – Security Issues
Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative
DPPI ACTION PLAN 2002 – 2006
Endorsed at the DPPI Regional Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17 September 2002
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During the Stability Pact (SP) for South Eastern Europe (SEE) Regional
Conference in Bucharest, 25-26 October 2001, the Strategy and Next Steps
document for the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI) was
adopted, as previously agreed with the Heads of the Civil Protection and
Disaster Management authorities of the regional countries.
As DPPI matured, as expressed in the Declaration on Cooperation in Disaster
Preparedness and Prevention in South Eastern Europe, signed in Bucharest
on 5 June 2002 by 11 countries of the region and International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), certain modifications were
proposed by DPPI partners. (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Greece, Hungary, FYR Macedonia,
Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey, IFRC, United Nations Development
Program (UNDP), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), donor and
support countries as Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, United States of
America and others).
This DPPI Action Plan 2002 – 2006 is a result of coordinated inputs and is
intended as a response to the DPPI Strategy and Next Steps document.
Goal and Objectives
The overall goal of the DPPI is to foster regional co-operation and co-
ordination in disaster preparedness and prevention for natural and man-made
disasters in SEE without creating new structures or layers of bureaucracy.
The DPPI attempts to:
• Strengthen good neighborly relations and stability through the exchange of
information, lessons learnt and best practices in the field of disaster
• Enhance cooperation between DPPI partners in view of EU enlargement
and the process of Euro – Atlantic integration for SEE countries
• Support and encourage countries in the region to develop, adopt and/or
enforce state-of-art disaster emergency legislation, environmental
regulations and codes designed to prevent and mitigate disasters in line
with guidelines and common practices accepted in the international
Assumptions for the DPPI progress include:
• On-going political and technical support from DPPI partners (regional
acceptance, international organizations acceptance, and donor support)
• Strengthening of the regional approach and networks between the SEE
• Further commitment of the beneficiaries, members and the international
community to work in the framework of the DPPI
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• The cross-table approach within the Stability Pact by mainstreaming
disaster preparedness and prevention issues in other areas of SP
activities, such as the Sava Initiative, demobilized soldiers retraining,
border crossing procedures, civil-military cooperation etc.
• Availability of technical, management and financial support
Action Plan 2002 – 2006
Actors - Coordinative structure
As stated above the DPPI does not have the intention to create new
structures or layers of bureaucracy. The organigram illustrates the
consultative and coordinative role of the DPPI with strong regional ownership.
This intention is supported by the fact that the chair of the DPPI is also the
chair of Working Table III.
SP SEE / WTIII / DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND PREVENTION INITIATIVE
Donors, IO, other
Advisory Countries of the networks and
Board region initiatives, support
The review and approval of the DPPI goals and objectives will be done at
annual Working Table III meetings upon recommendations of the Chair and
the Director of WTIII and recommendations of the Advisory Board.
Executive Secretary will be, in close consultation with Chair and the Director
of Working Table III, responsible for the implementation of the Initiative in all
its aspects within the general frame work of the Stability Pact.
The Advisory Board, comprised of dedicated representatives from
international organizations, donor and support countries, DPPI partners, will
serve as a consultative and steering body for the implementation of the
projects proposed to the DPPI.
The initiative has adopted the establishment of Working groups for different
topics (Information sharing, networking, hydrology, meteorology,
preparedness planning, training and exercises, border crossing procedures
and disaster assessment capacity). Their roles need to be re-defined.
Strategy and Activities
The consolidation of actions as well as the formulation of further plans for the
DPPI will depend on the degree of commitment and determination of the DPPI
partners. The strengthening of the regional network as an appropriate forum
to exchange ideas, benefiting from common experiences and lessons learnt,
coupled with the coordination efforts proposed within the DPPI, constitute an
advantage for SEE countries and committed donors.
1. To establish a regional DPP / SEE hub for information exchange, including
but not limited to planed and in implementation phase projects from
different organizations and networks in the region
2. To support the development of certain “regional standards” (such as
introducing the European emergency number 112 in the whole region and
developing of early warning systems) accepted in the international
community, through project facilitation.
3. To develop guidelines for regional project proposals and use of the
This strategy will be implemented by means of following
Activities of the DPPI
Regional DPPI meetings in the region of all interested DPPI partners twice
a year, organized by the SP/DPPI secretariat
Permanent information exchange via telecommunication means,
coordinated through SP/DPPI Secretariat
Semi-annual meetings of the Advisory Board, organized by the SP/DPPI
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Increased cooperation with EC DG Environment – Civil Protection and
ECHO and EUR-OPA Major Hazard Agreement and other initiatives
involved in disaster preparedness and prevention
SP/DPPI participation in meetings, seminars, workshops and other
relevant events related to disaster preparedness prevention for SEE
Permanent up-dating of the SP/DPPI web page with all relevant
Project proposals prepared by the countries from the region should be
elaborated first in re-defined working groups (WG) within DPPI, such as
1. WG for Disaster Preparedness Planning (developing of
regional networks as regional seismological network, hydro-
meteorological network, network for major accident
prevention policy in the context of the SEVESO II Directive
by EC), WG for Disaster Prevention (Disaster Management
legislation, regulations and codes, including border-crossing
procedures and regional Disaster Management standards)
2. WG for Disaster Management Training and Exercises
3. WG for Capacity Building (disaster assessment, joint units)
4. Other WG if considered necessary
Working groups, determined by specific project and each lead on an
informal basis by (volunteered) country from the region, will have full
support from the DPPI Secretariat and the Advisory Board.
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FR Yugoslavia, Moldova,
Romania, Slovenia and International Federation for Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies have endorsed the DPPI Action Plan 2002-2006 with
Terms Of Reference for Advisory Board to DPPI at the Regional DPPI
Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria on 17 September 2002.