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Strengthening cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction

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STRENGTHENING COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyz Republic (RCSK) and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyz Republic (MoES) was signed in March 2018, within the framework of the DIPECHO-10 project: "Building community resilience and strengthening disaster risk reduction (DRR) systems at local and national level in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan", funded by the European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO). The main goal of this Memorandum is to coordinate the activities of the RCSK and MoES in the field of joint activities for preparing the population for emergencies and minimizing the risk of natural disasters.

In particular, within the framework of the Memorandum is planned to implement a number of measures to strengthen sustainability and reduce the vulnerability of local communities in Naryn and Jalal-Abad provinces (oblasts) of the Kyrgyz Republic. In villages of these oblasts, which are most vulnerable to the natural disasters, the simulation exercises, workshops and trainings will be organized to prepare communities for possible disasters. Also, four mitigation projects will be implemented and the disaster response plans will be developed and tested, as well as disaster response teams from among the representatives of local communities will be established. In addition, trainings and workshops will be conducted to teach school children in preparing and responding to emergencies. Competitions on first aid and response to various emergencies are planned for school children. Also, within the framework of the DIPECHO-10 project, search and rescue equipment will be provided for the provincial branches of the MoES in Naryn and Jalal-Abad oblasts, which will be used in life saving operations, and in response to emergencies, as well as in joint training programs.

It should be noted that the DIPECHO-10 project is implemented by the German Red Cross (GRC) and its implementing partners (Red Crescent Societies of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan), and Austrian Red Cross (ARC). The project will support DRR activities in communities and schools, increasing beneficiaries' knowledge of threats, vulnerability and the necessary measures; promoting the application of this knowledge in practice through the organization of appropriate exercises and structural mitigation projects; and implementing a climate change adaptation component in all possible activities and directions.

The total budget of this project is EUR 352,945. The DIPECHO-10 project will cover 12 villages of Naryn and Jalal-Abad oblasts in Kyrgyzstan and 6 villages of Panjakent district (Sughd province) in Tajikistan that are most prone to natural disasters.

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• The European Union with its Member States is a leading global donor of humanitarian aid. Through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) the EU helps over 120 million victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, ECHO provides assistance to the most vulnerable people solely on the basis of humanitarian needs, without discrimination of race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation;

• The German Red Cross (GRC) is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which was founded 150 years ago to provide comprehensive assistance to people affected by conflicts, natural disasters, sanitary emergencies or social difficulties, guided solely by their needs;

• The Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyz Republic (RCSK) is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The RCSK was established in 1926 and is an auxiliary link to the state in solving various social needs of the country's population.

For more information, please contact:

Eliza Mamyshova, Project Coordinator
The Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyz Republic
10, Erkindik Avenue, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Phone: +996 312 300 394, e-mail: e.mamyshova@redcrescent.kg

Posted in Feautured, News on Mar 24, 2018