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26/07/2011

Results of the first stage evaluation for the Preparedness and prevention call 2011
For the first stage of the Prevention and preparedness call 2011 we have received 76 proposals for prevention section and 54 proposals for preparedness section.

All together 41 proposals (23 prevention and 18 preparedness) have been selected for submitting a complete proposal with all the forms (A, T and F) in the second stage. Full proposals should be submitted by 16 September 2011 according to the requirements in the Grant application guide (chapter 7.2 and 8.2). Proposals must be submitted by a post or private courier by 16 September not later than 17.00 to the address indicated in the Grant application guide 2011 (chapter 7.1).

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13/07/2011

EU supports Cyprus after massive explosion
After the devastating explosion at "Evangelos Florakis" naval base near Larnaca, Cyprus has requested assistance through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. The authorities of Cyprus have asked for electricity generating units and for help in assessment of damage of the largest power station on the island. The MIC, which coordinates the European assistance, is in close contact with several Member States that may be able to offer the requested assistance.

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06/07/2011

The European Union and the United Nations join forces to support Argentina's damage assessment after volcano eruption in Chile
The European Union has deployed experts in geology and environmental pollution to Argentina, where they will participate in the independent risk assessment of the eruption of the Chilean Puyehué volcano. The assessment is led by the Joint Environment Unit of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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15/06/2011

Study on wild fire fighting resources sharing models
As part of the Preparatory Action on an EU rapid response capability 2009, the Commission decided to look into potential improvements for sharing wild fire fighting resources within the EU, on the basis of a study on arrangements for sharing of such resources that have been tested in other parts of the world.

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19/05/2011

ECHO at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
ECHO at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk ReductionA Commission delegation represented by DG ECHO, DEVCO and RTD took part in the third session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Reconstruction Conference in Geneva, 8-13 May 2011.

The Global Platform called for governments to account for disaster losses in a consistent and standardized manner, and to look for clear evidence of the costs and benefits of investments in risk reduction through verifiable and accountable data.

The European Commission is developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to disaster risk reduction. The current political framework for EU policy on disaster risk reduction has been set by two strategies adopted in 2009, one covering EU Member States pdf file and the other developing countries pdf file.

The Global Platform for Disaster Reduction was established in 2007 as a biennial forum for information exchange, discussion of latest development and knowledge and partnership building across sectors, with the goal to improve implementation of disaster risk reduction through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders.

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18/04/2011

EU assistance to Japan
Five European shipments of relief items and water have been sent to Japan through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism so far. Two more shipments of EU assistance will reach Japan in the following days.

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30/03/2011

European Civil Protection Mechanism activated to help Japan cope with earthquake/tsunami destruction
Following Japan's request, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated and is now coordinating the EU assistance to ensure a fully joined-up and targeted EU response.

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25/02/2011

New Zealand earthquake aftermath: The European Commission activates EU Civil Protection Mechanism
On 25 February the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated upon New Zealand's request. It will coordinate European assistance to the country which suffered from a devastating earthquake. The authorities of New Zealand have requested help in three areas – temporary sanitation, the provision of temporary housing and demolition.

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24/02/2011

Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates the evacuation of EU citizens from Libya
On 23 February the Presidency of the European Council and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to support the evacuation of EU citizens from Libya. Through the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) all countries participating in the Mechanism have been notified of the possibility of closer cooperation on evacuation operations at EU level.
The MIC will help with identifying and facilitating the deployment of assets for evacuation, including by sea, focusing on the area around Benghazi and other parts of Libya.

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16/02/2011
Call for proposals for projects on prevention and preparedness 2011
Call for proposals for projects on prevention and preparedness 2011 is published in the Official Journal of the European Union C 49 on 16 February 2011. Deadline for the submission of summary notes is 18/03/2011.
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13/01/2011
Commission has issued EU guidelines for national risk assessment
On 21 December 2010, the Commission issued a Staff Working Paper on Risk Assessment and Mapping Guidelines for Disaster Management pdf file. Risk assessments, when carried out at national level, are crucial for enhancing disaster prevention and preparedness activities and contribute significantly to planning and capacity building
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13/12/2010
EU supports Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro in combating floods

Due to heavy rainfalls the Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro are suffering from severe flooding. The three countries have activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

On 1st of December, Albania activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism requesting wooden boats, rubber boats, tents, water pumps, helicopters and other assets. Several Participating States have responded to this request for assistance.

EU supports Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro in combating floodsIn Bosnia and Herzegovina, massive floods have affected the entire territory. The ECHO Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) received a request for assistance on 7 December from the civil protection authorities of the country.

The MIC has deployed a Liaison Officer in order to establish contacts with the civil protection authorities and to get a clear overview of the situation and needs regarding the floods. Several Participating States have responded to this request for assistance.

EU supports Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro in combating floodsMontenegro is also suffering from massive floods on its entire territory. On 8 December, Montenegro activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism requesting among others things water pumps, mud water pumps, tents winterised, power generators, sandbags and blankets.

The MIC is reinforcing the EU Delegation in Podgorica with one staff member, arriving early afternoon on 10 December to liaise with local authorities.
Several Participating States have responded to this request for assistance.

Overview of the EU in-kind assistance to the three countries
09/12/2010
Information Day 2011:
On 27 January 2011, the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection of the European Commission (Civil Protection Units) held an Information Day in Brussels (Belgium) on "Civil Protection Work Programme 2011".
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02/12/2010
European Civil Protection mission to fight the Cholera epidemics in Haiti
Haiti: cholera epidemics Since their arrival last weekend, the EU Civil Protection team of DG ECHO attended several meetings with the national authorities and PAHO. Part of the team left for a field mission on 1 December together with DINEPA representatives in the area of Artibonite focusing on identification of suitable places for installing water purification units.
The mission is expected to last until Saturday 4 December. The rest of the team is planning to perform a second field mission to St Marc and Gonaives focused on medical issues.

Key issues remain standardization of chlorination levels, management of dead bodies and disposal of excreta. Gaps and constraints remain in water and sanitation (more CTUs, aqua-tabs and latrines are needed, strengthen the hygiene promotion and waste management) and medical assistance (medical teams and medical supplies).
Overview of EU-in kind assistance