CapaCities partners get to know each other in successful first meeting

From 13 to 15 February the first Learning and Experience Sharing meeting of the EU project CapaCities took place. This first event of the curriculum on Disaster Risk Management was hosted by Ungheni City Hall. The participant cities Ararat (Armenia), Kutaisi (Georgia) and Ungheni (Moldova) joined together to start their shared learning process, with guidance of the Safety Region South-Holland-South, ITINERIS health & safety and the Regional Centre of Sustainable Development. Click here to view all the presentations.

This first three-day session was aimed at the introduction of Disaster Risk Management, as well as the general understanding of the CapaCities project phases and deliverables during the coming two-year project period. The sessions included an interactive workshop about stakeholder assessment, discussions about local DRM governance and several lectures about the general principles of DRM, the EU perspective on DRM, urban resilience, spatial planning and mainstreaming DRM. Also, the baseline of DRM knowledge of the “DRM focal points” of the three cities was established and the department of Civil Protection and Emergency Situations was visited. On the third day a press conference was held to inform local media about the project and answer their questions. At the end of the press conference the Consortium Agreement was officially signed by the six partners, including the Mayor of Ararat and the deputy-Mayors of Kutaisi and Ungheni. In the first Steering Committee the partners expressed their confidence in a successful outcome of the project and stressed the importance of building DRM capacities for their cities. The project is exactly on time for their needs and can create synergies with upcoming local processes for sustainable development and spatial planning.

A very important and well appreciated part of the kick-off was to get to know each other as individuals and as professionals in the role of focal points, as well as to gain insight in the current situation of the three cities. During these three days, an enthusiastic team was forged with a good mixture of knowledge and experiences and a lot of eagerness to learn more during the coming years.

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