The result of the project is proved knowledge and capabilities in the field of DRM in the recipient cities and insight in opportunities to improve further their DRM capabilities and how to do that. The recipient cities have benefitted because after the closure of the project they have:
- two focal points with increased knowledge and skills in the field of DRM, able to coordinate, stimulate and support DRM activities in the future.
- a group of staff members and stakeholders who have more understanding and knowledge of DRM and are more aware of the risks and the need for disaster risk management planning, linked to other government tasks and policy fields such as urban planning and climate adaptation
- a strong network with their stakeholders to collaborate on DRM planning
- understanding of their strengths and weaknesses with respect to DRM, the possibilities of improvement and how this could be achieved
- a concrete vision and strategy on the improvement of their DRM capabilities in the years after the project, including an action plan for implementation, shared with the relevant stakeholders. This strategy is a strong basis for acquiring funds for disaster risk reduction and emergency management from international donors.
The local stakeholders in the cities have benefitted because they have a better understanding in the field of DRM and their possible role in it and are able to participate in the development of DRM strategies and their implementation. The citizens of the three cities have benefitted because the improved awareness, knowledge, skills and insights within their city administration and the improved collaboration between stakeholders lead to a safer and more resilience city, based on understanding of the risks and a transparent and shared DRM vision and implementation plan.
The national authorities but also other similar countries benefit because:
- the recipient cities are a good example and inspiration for other cities in the country to improve their DRM capabilities and work on DRM planning;
- the documented curriculum of the project and lessons learnt during the project. The project documentation can be used in other cities to develop similar activities; the good practices and lessons learnt have been documented in the project’s Concluding Report;
- in Moldova, Georgia and Armenia the participating cities are more in compliance with national DRM legislation and expectations from the Sendai Framework and EU legislation. The participating cities have an increased uptake of the national risk assessment and DRM strategy.
The European Commission benefits, because there is an increased uptake in Eastern Partnership Countries of the UCPM, PPRD-East policies and sectoral EU safety policies (Floods Directive, Seveso Directive, Critical Infrastructure Protection Directive) at local level.