Workshop with the local stakeholders in Ungheni

On April 7 th, 2017 the Dutch partners, together with the members of the Local Steering Committee and the Working Group created within the CRISMAS Project, had the opportunity to attend the meeting of the Exceptional Situation Commission of Ungheni District, where 5 important issues were discussed focused on the measures taken to solve them. One by one were discussed the measures to prevent drowning in Ungheni district, the measures taken to consolidate the dam of Delia lake from Ungheni city and the technical equipment level of the water rescue station, the possibility to use the basement of Ungheni District Counci for setting up the District Protection Coordination Point, the fire protection measures in the cold period of 2016-2017 and the state of the dangerous industrial objectives, their equipment and the special means of protection: “Water – Channel” Municipal Entity, “Ungheni- Wine” Company, the storage of pesticides in Zagarancea villlage. The activism and involvement of the members of the Exceptional Situation Commission of Ungheni District drew the attention of Nico and Ruud, who were impressed by the participation of a large number of stakeholders and the commitment of local public service representatives and economic entities to come up with concrete solutions and measures to overcome the situations created in one domain or another.

Immediately after the meeting of the Exceptional Situation Commission of Ungheni District, the members of the Local Coordination Committee and of the Working Group created within the CRISMAS project were informed about the results of the visit at Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate from April 6 th, 2017 and then they were involved in a practical exercise for developing the draft of Ungheni district strategy on disaster risk management. Thus, the participants formulated constructive proposals on the structure and content of the strategy, as well as concrete measures for 2 types of disasters: floods and fires. “It has been a very useful exercise through which stakeholders have understood the role and the contribution of each person in the process of developing a local disaster risk management strategy. In the process of the strategy development, we have to take into account the coordination between the local stakeholders, the synchronization of the actions and the functional zoning of Ungheni district, “said Ruud HOUDIJK, CRISMAS Project expert.

The practical exercise mobilized the participants and created conditions for them to reflect and understand what the local public authorities from Ungheni district can do in order to prevent and reduce the risks of floods and fires, as well as what commitments each stakeholder could assume. “When we develop a strategy, we are making choices: what we can do now and what we can develop in the next 10-15 years. We have to make good choices geared towards the development of the locality. It is important that the local stakeholders understand that the proposed measures will be taken in many years. We need to understand what we are proposing to protect through this strategy: lives, goods, infrastructure. Usually, bow-tie analysis helps us identify all options to make the best choices on risk mitigation. This analysis method helps us to identify the causes, effects, to prevent the impact and finally to find concrete measures, focusing our efforts on the economic development of the locality. You are very involved and motivated and as you have done so far a high-quality risk identification and assessment, we are highly confident that you will develop a very good risk management strategy in Ungheni district “, concluded Nico van Os, CRISMAS Project Manager.

Conclusions:
– The collaboration with Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate has a great input on the understanding of the approach used for unitary risk assessment, including the cross-border domension.
– The partnership with Iași Emergency Situations Inspectorate has contributed essencially to strengthen the local stakeholders’ capacity from Ungheni district to cope with emergencies with cross-border impact.
– The project team will continue to consult the unitary risk assessment report with the local stakeholders and will upload the unitary risk assessment report on the official site of Ungheni District Council – www.crungheni.md.
– The project team will start the public policy process for the elaboration of the Disaster Risk Management Strategy of Ungheni District.

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