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Republic of Moldova

Promoting risk culture among the population for informing and providing necessary knowledge for preventing the emergency situations generated by flood

Project background

For the Republic of Moldova and the ECMNR, the prevention and management of emergencies generated by natural disasters depends largely on citizens’ participation. They need to be informed and convinced that the effect of risks associated with weather, climate and water continues to grow. The objective is that citizens living in floodplains have to engage themselves in the activities for management of emergencies generated by floods. Over the years, since 2001, the ECMNR has launched knowledge to support the preparation and implementation of several strategies and programs for prevention and management of emergencies generated by floods, discussed and agreed with the line ministries. However, the abundant snow and floods in Moldova, which paralysed the country in April 2017, have repeatedly highlighted how fragile the state is and how vulnerable citizens can become.

Over the years, since 2001, the ECMNR has carried out within the projects a series of activities in the field of information and education of the population, by developing proposals (tools) to support the preparation and implementation of several strategies and programs of prevention, information and management of emergency events generated by floods, discussed and coordinated with the branch ministries. The snow falls at the end of April 2017 show that Moldova has many weak points unknown to the public and so far overlooked by the authorities.

The planned prevention activities include also the information, education and training of population through exchange of practical knowledge and skills training (joint training, exercises, study visits).

The general aim of this project is to bring preventive activities closer to citizens and the community by imposing high standards of knowledge and application and increasing the share of preventive education. Also, to promote risk culture among the population (students, adults and especially vulnerable groups) and a dialogue on disaster prevention, preparedness and accountability measures by sharing practical knowledge and skills training.

Expected results

Expected results year 1

European Centre for Mitigation of Natural Risks - Republic of Moldova :

Expected results 2018

  • Promoting a national training program inspired by the best practices applied in the Council of Europe member States on the subject of risk management, providing practical knowledge and creating in Council of Europe member States a positive perception of disaster risk reduction for citizens in general and for those living in flooded areas in particular. There is not a pedagogical program yet to enter the curriculum of the school. The next two years, according to the EU's Association Agenda (2017-2019), the consolidation of the cooperation with the EU could offer more benefits to Moldova. The planned prevention activities include information, education and training of population. A particular attention will be paid to the training of young people in the field of major risks related to disasters management. The list of medium- and long-term priorities also aims at setting up a national training program on risks management. It will be inspired by the best practices applied in the EU countries.

  • Performing the direct transfer of accumulated knowledge and good practices to the community and citizens living in floodplains in order to inform and educate them on flood problems, using the guides, guidebooks, leaflets, posters, teaching simulators and direct verbal contacts that will include information on the causes of floods, methods of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions. (The project will be carried out in this specific field. All materials will be prepared by ECMNR and will be submitted in English).

  • Raising awareness and increasing knowledge of disaster risks, forms of acquiring knowledge of the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions, and skills for individuals, groups, members of family and community.

  • Initiating a dialogue on flood prevention, preparedness and accountability measures with partners based on the received materials and sharing experience on flood risk mitigation at the EUR-OPA Major Risks Centers. (The centers referred to in the project accepted the participation after the consultation of the project. The provision of expertise and the exchange of educational materials will be sent - received by e-mail.)

Expected results year 2

Expected results 2019

  • Performing the direct transfer of accumulated knowledge and good practices to the community and citizens living in floodplains in order to inform and educate them on flood problems, using the guides, guidebooks, leaflets, posters, teaching simulators and direct verbal contacts that will include information on the causes of floods, methods of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions

  • Raising awareness and increasing knowledge of disaster risks, forms of acquiring knowledge of the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions, and skills for individuals, groups, members of family and community.

  • Increasing and strengthening the resistance and proactive behavior of citizens in floodplains with the assistance of volunteer-trainers.

  • Validation of good practices on disaster risk reduction for citizens living in floodplains within the EUR-OPA Centers by a workshop at the ECMNR in Moldova.

  • Promoting the official duties of the Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova and mobilising the educational institutions, academic potential and civil society in this sense in order to strengthen the resistance and reduce the risks.
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European Centre for Mitigation of Natural Risks - Republic of Moldova



Deliverables year 1

Specific objectives 2018

- Preparing and presenting specific intuitive study materials (guides, instructions, booklets, leaflets, posters that will include information on the flood-producing causes, ways of their prevention, and on individual and group protection and intervention actions for information, training and transfer of knowledge for citizens and volunteers/trainers - in Romanian and English;

- Transferring knowledge through training seminars for citizens / volunteers / students using courses, printed materials and teaching simulators, developing the capacity to face potential floods, minimising devastating effects on people (physical and mental) as far as possible. These pedagogical tools will be assembled by the ECMNR employees and with the support of SPC and SE.

Deliverables 2018

  • Reports from seminars and workshops, which should be delivered to the EUR-OPA Major Risks administrative office and the Partner Centers of Bulgaria, Ukraine and Romania. (Language of communication: Romanian and English)
  • Publication of teaching and guiding materials for citizens: guides, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, posters that will include information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions and course support for the participants (founders) at the seminar, targeting areas exposed to the flood risk. (Language of communication: Romanian and English)

Deliverables year 2

Specific objectives 2019

- Developing specific knowledge transfer / training materials for areas exposed to flood risks using special forms of communication (verbal, non-verbal (by gestures), written) with the population, materials instructing the population how to behave before the flood, during the flood, during the evacuation and after the phenomenon cessation, in Romanian and English ;

- Transferring knowledge (contemporary academic language proving educational forms of knowledge transfer) through training seminars for citizens / volunteers / students using courses, printed materials and teaching simulators using the School that is a key institution of the community and is a viable dialogue partner for both local authorities and citizens (parents of children and former schoolchildren) in order to mobilise the community at the prevention phase. There is a partnership with some educational institutions, but they are outside the educational system so far.

- Validation of good practice during the final workshop work with associated centers.

Deliverables 2019

  • Reports from seminars and workshops, which should be delivered to the EUR-OPA Major Risks administrative office and the Partner Centers of Bulgaria, Ukraine and Romania.
  • Publication of teaching and guiding materials for citizens: guides, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, posters that will include information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions and course support for the participants (founders) at the seminar, targeting areas exposed to the flood risk.

Activities year 1

- The ECMNR will organise short-term seminars with teachers, parents and children, including vulnerable groups, in two educational institutions in Chisinau in order to acknowledge and understand the effects of floods on children and adults for attracting volunteers, including teachers, students and schoolchildren, to provide educational support for families affected by floods,  etc., and to organise leisure activities for and with the community. We will organise leisure activities for the community in order to recognise and understand the effects of floods on children and adults, by using active participatory methods, group interactive methods, etc. Some planned events are coordinated with the management of the educational institutions as these events are carried out outside the classroom :

  • Date: March – April 2018

  •  Duration: two academic hours in each institution

  • Up to 30 participants, including those from each vulnerable group. (Vulnerable groups are children and adults living in flood-prone areas and aggrieved by floods)

- Organising training seminars for Teachers, students, schoolchildren, citizens / volunteers in order to certify them as trainers. (To understand their training as volunteer trainers and not as certified as specialists)

  • Date: May-June 2018

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Participants: 25-30 people / Moldovan volunteers;

− Organising swimming lesson primarily for children from families affected by floods.

  • Date: May-October 2018

  • Duration: One academic hour twice a week

  • Participants: 10-15 people

  • Organising a workshop with associated centers and holding an international seminar 

  • Date: October 2018

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Venue: conference:  hall at the Best Western Plus Flowers Hotel (optional)

  • Participants: 3 directors of the EUR-OPA Associated Centers from Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine

Activities year 2

- Organisation of short-term seminars directly with citizens in the areas exposed to flood risks and distribution of information materials on the prevention and protection of the population in case of floods with the active participation of educational institutions since the protection against risks involves first of all their knowledge.  

  • Date: March-June; August-September 2019

  • Duration: 2 academic hours

  • Venue: directly in the areas exposed to the risk of floods

  • Participants: up to 30 people from each vulnerable group 

- Organising a workshop with associated centers and holding an international seminar 
  • Date: September-October 2019

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Venue: conference hall at the Best Western Plus Flowers Hotel

  • Participants: 3 directors of the EUR-OPA Associated Centers from Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine;

    25-30 people from the areas exposed to the risk of floods, teachers, students, schoolchildren / citizens / volunteers / trainers.

European Centre for Mitigation of Natural Risks - Republic of Moldova



Deliverables year 1


Specific objectives 2018

- Preparing and presenting specific intuitive study materials (guides, instructions, booklets, leaflets, posters that will include information on the flood-producing causes, ways of their prevention, and on individual and group protection and intervention actions for information, training and transfer of knowledge for citizens and volunteers/trainers - in Romanian and English;

- Transferring knowledge through training seminars for citizens / volunteers / students using courses, printed materials and teaching simulators, developing the capacity to face potential floods, minimising devastating effects on people (physical and mental) as far as possible. These pedagogical tools will be assembled by the ECMNR employees and with the support of SPC and SE.

Deliverables 2018

  • Reports from seminars and workshops, which should be delivered to the EUR-OPA Major Risks administrative office and the Partner Centers of Bulgaria, Ukraine and Romania. (Language of communication: Romanian and English)
  • Publication of teaching and guiding materials for citizens: guides, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, posters that will include information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions and course support for the participants (founders) at the seminar, targeting areas exposed to the flood risk. (Language of communication: Romanian and English)

Deliverables year 2


Specific objectives 2019

- Developing specific knowledge transfer / training materials for areas exposed to flood risks using special forms of communication (verbal, non-verbal (by gestures), written) with the population, materials instructing the population how to behave before the flood, during the flood, during the evacuation and after the phenomenon cessation, in Romanian and English ;

- Transferring knowledge (contemporary academic language proving educational forms of knowledge transfer) through training seminars for citizens / volunteers / students using courses, printed materials and teaching simulators using the School that is a key institution of the community and is a viable dialogue partner for both local authorities and citizens (parents of children and former schoolchildren) in order to mobilise the community at the prevention phase. There is a partnership with some educational institutions, but they are outside the educational system so far.

- Validation of good practice during the final workshop work with associated centers.

Deliverables 2019

  • Reports from seminars and workshops, which should be delivered to the EUR-OPA Major Risks administrative office and the Partner Centers of Bulgaria, Ukraine and Romania.
  • Publication of teaching and guiding materials for citizens: guides, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, posters that will include information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions and course support for the participants (founders) at the seminar, targeting areas exposed to the flood risk.

Activities year 1


- The ECMNR will organise short-term seminars with teachers, parents and children, including vulnerable groups, in two educational institutions in Chisinau in order to acknowledge and understand the effects of floods on children and adults for attracting volunteers, including teachers, students and schoolchildren, to provide educational support for families affected by floods,  etc., and to organise leisure activities for and with the community. We will organise leisure activities for the community in order to recognise and understand the effects of floods on children and adults, by using active participatory methods, group interactive methods, etc. Some planned events are coordinated with the management of the educational institutions as these events are carried out outside the classroom :

  • Date: March – April 2018

  •  Duration: two academic hours in each institution

  • Up to 30 participants, including those from each vulnerable group. (Vulnerable groups are children and adults living in flood-prone areas and aggrieved by floods)

- Organising training seminars for Teachers, students, schoolchildren, citizens / volunteers in order to certify them as trainers. (To understand their training as volunteer trainers and not as certified as specialists)

  • Date: May-June 2018

  • Duration: 2-3 days

  • Participants: 25-30 people / Moldovan volunteers;

− Organising swimming lesson primarily for children from families affected by floods.

  • Date: May-October 2018

  • Duration: One academic hour twice a week

  • Participants: 10-15 people

  • Organising a workshop with associated centers and holding an international seminar 

  • Date: October 2018

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Venue: conference:  hall at the Best Western Plus Flowers Hotel (optional)

  • Participants: 3 directors of the EUR-OPA Associated Centers from Romania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine

Activities year 2


 

The European Centre for Risk Prevention - Bulgaria



Deliverables year 1


Reports, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, including expert reports and educational materials, containing information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions in Bulgaria.

Deliverables year 2


Rreports, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, including expert reports and educational materials, containing information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions in Bulgaria.

Activities year 1


Providing expert reports and educational materials to initiate a continuous dialogue on prevention, preparedness and accountability measures in case of floods. (The centers referred to in the project accepted the participation after the consultation of the project. The provision of expertise and the exchange of educational materials will be sent - received by e-mail.)

Activities year 2


 

European Centre of Technological Safety - Ukraine



Deliverables year 1


Reports, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, including expert reports and educational materials, containing information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions in Ukraine.

Deliverables year 2


Reports, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, including expert reports and educational materials, containing information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions in Ukraine.

Activities year 1


Providing expert reports and educational materials to initiate a continuous dialogue on prevention, preparedness and accountability measures in case of floods.

Activities year 2


 

European Centre for Rehabilitation of Buildings - Romania



Deliverables year 1


Reports, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, including expert reports and educational materials, containing information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions in Romania.

Deliverables year 2


Reports, recommendations, brochures, leaflets, including expert reports and educational materials, containing information on the causes of floods, ways of their prevention, as well as individual and group protection and intervention actions in Romania.  (For the continuity in the educational activity).

Activities year 1


Providing expert reports and educational materials to initiate a continuous dialogue on prevention, preparedness and accountability measures in case of floods.

Activities year 2


 

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