On Thursday September 20th the CapaCities project had its fourth online meeting to share knowledge and experiences. The DRM focal points of Ararat, Kutaisi and Ungheni shared their progress so-far. In the summer period they prepared for the self-assessment of DRM capacities, using the framework that has been developed by the Core Team. The purpose of this self-assessment is to facilitate the local stakeholder dialogue on current gaps, in order to inform decisions about the DRM strategy. The self-assessment will cover the main components of DRM governance, DRA, DRM planning, prevention/DRR, preparedness/response and recovery. Until end of the year, the 3 cities are going to use the framework for a self-assessment with their local stakeholders. Afterwards, the same framework will be used for a local peer review (cities looking in each other’s kitchen), to supplement the self-assessment with an external view. The resulting insight in gaps and ideas for improvement will be the basis for their DRM strategies.
The focal point also discussed their first questions about the reading syllabus for the upcoming third LES meeting in Ararat, Armenia. For instance, the focal points are interested to learn more about when to use what kind of assessment method for the selection of DRM measures. When to use Cost-Benefit Analysis or Multi-Criteria Analysis? Soon, the focal points will attend the next meeting to learn more about these and many other topics.