CRISMAS has third international meeting in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In the months between LES 2 and LES 3 partners continued their work on risk assessment. During the 3nd Learning & Experience Sharing (LES) meeting in Prijedor, on September 27th and 28th 2016, the project partners discussed their experiences with this topic and presented their results.

The methods used were explained and special attention was given to the way stakeholders and management were involved. Of course, also the results were explained – and exchanged – as well as the lessons learnt during the process. During and in between the presentations there was a good discussion among the partners. Partners did not only share the good results but also their questions, doubts and worries. This was very fruitful and helped them with new insights and inspiration for the next phase.

After the discussion above, Ruud Houdijk presented his vision on the correlation between risk assessment (methods) and the development of risk management strategies. He highlighted the general differences and similarities between the EU approach and the UNDP approach, for both the assessments methods and the focus of DRM strategies. He explained different aspects from both methods and strategies and discussed with the partners as well the connection between the both.

He also provided the partners with insight in all current EU policies regarding DRM, to clarify the correlation between EU policies and Sendai and to identify potential interesting EU policies for the CRISMAS local risk management strategies.

Ruud presented more in detail the four Sendai priorities:

1: Understanding disaster risk

2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risks

3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience

4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in

   recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction

Other topics discussed during the LES 3 meeting:

  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Discussion on risk presentation and political risk evaluation
  • Instruction and discussion on self-assessment of risk management capabilities

Of course, this meeting also a fieldtrip was planned. Day 2 started with a fieldtrip to the ArcelorMittal mine in Prijedor. The mine is a big employer in Prijedor area and important for the city. But the mine also is a potential source of accidents and vulnerable to external risks like flooding. During the fieldtrip the participants got an explanation about the work, the risks and the safety measures taken. Interesting also was to discuss the opportunities to use the empty mine in the future as a water retention basin in case of flood. After the theoretical instruction, the partners practiced in a workshop setting on the self-assessment.

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