LES meeting 6 in Ungheni, Moldova

During the 6th LES in Ungheni, October 12th till 14th, partners presented their Risk Management Strategy. Ungheni already discussed a first draft of the DRM strategy during SAM 5 in June. Since then proposals have been collected from the stakeholders for measures and actions to prevent and reduce the natural and technological disasters identified in Ungheni District. In total, 123 measures have been proposed by the stakeholders and experts. Some main criteria have been set to analyse these measures which were presented and discussed with the other partners.
During the development of the strategy there was very close and frequent involvement of local stakeholders. This cooperation is recognized as one of the more important benefits from the CRISMAS project.

Also in Forli this cooperation, developed as a direct result of the project, is seen as one of the most important results. The local working group brings together the regional civil protection, the municipality of Forli (civil protection and urban planning) and regional experts in different fields (industrial risk, landslides, seismic, Seveso, floods). The working group has concluded it is best to tailor the DRM strategy very specific to the needs of Forli, which is a little different from the general table of contents discussed in the previous LES. The main objective is to include DRM in existing planning processes of the municipality, rather than develop a separate regional document. Two advice documents will be developed: [1] an advice of the Regional Civil Protection Agency for the inclusion of DRM measures in the annual activity plan of Forli municipality and [2] an advice for including Disaster Risk Management objectives and principles in the Spatial Master Plan that is currently under development.

The approach of Stavanger has been to find simple ways to analyse and present risks and measures. A first developed approach is the use of a risk matrix: one for each consequence/impact and no colouring. The second approach is “to close the biggest hole in the bucket”: choose a top 10-risk list, and present actions that would be effective to prevent the events to occur. Try to make a description on what could be wise to choose first: picking the low hanging fruit. A third approach is working from red to orange and green: start with all most severe risks. Define those «red risks», and identify actions that might not cost too much, or involves too many people, but get those risks to orange or green. A fourth approach is to focus on measures that are most cost-effective: low cost, maximum effect. No matter which method is used, it is important to make sure the actions identified in the overall risk analysis are followed up in already existing management processes.

Ungheni District also presented the projects and environment for sustainable development. CRISMAS has a place in it, because structured DRM is needed to create a safe environment for foreign investors.

All partners presented their ideas and challenges for implementation. The Municipality of Forlì is interested to insert the results of the CRISMAS Local Working Group in its urban planning. In Ungheni the District Council will be asked to formally adopt the DRM strategy. This is foreseen within the project duration. In accordance with national law, this decision process will include a public consultation. The strategy will be disseminated on the district website and distributed to local stakeholders and the departments and agencies responsible for its implementation. For Stavanger the decision process is very clear: the city administration will have to adopt the DRM actions in accordance with normal procedure.

Flash mob „Celebrating International Day of Natural Disaster Risk Reduction”
Partners participated in a special ceremony to celebrate the international day of Natural Disaster Risk Reduction. The administration has involved the schools in this day, as part of risk education.

Field visit to the Municipal Enterprise “Water – Channel”: earthquake intervention simulation / Emergency Situations Department
The partners were guests and observers during the yearly emergency exercise of the municipal enterprise “Water – Channel”. The scenario was an earthquake with all different kinds of impact: collapse, leakage of hazardous substances, fire and car accidents. Involved were the municipal enterprise, the Emergency Situations Department/fire brigade (fire, rescue and ambulance) and the border police. Partners were impressed by the cooperation between the different actors and the professional approach shown.

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