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Celebrating Our Achievements; DIPECHO II DRR Regional Program In Armenia

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On 30 October 2013 the official closing of the II Phase of the “Disaster Risk Reduction”(DRR) regional program in Armenia has been marked with the joint event organized by OXFAM, UNICEF, Armenian Red …

On 30 October 2013 the official closing of the II Phase of the “Disaster Risk Reduction”(DRR) regional program in Armenia has been marked with the joint event organized by OXFAM, UNICEF, Armenian Red Cross Society, and Save the Children in collaboration with the Ministry Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Education and Science and the DRR National Platform. As a unique joint initiative current program has engaged with all key stakeholders in DRR sphere and has ensured that all direct their joint efforts and organizational resources and capacities to ensure greater impact. Program also created opportunities to build cooperation among DRR stakeholders in the South Caucasus.

Representatives of key stakeholders and Oxfam partners involved in DIPECHO II DRR regional program highlighted the key project approaches and achievements in Armenia.
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  • 1. Celebrating our achiev achievements ie DIPECHO II DRR Regional Program in Armenia DRR drill in Arpi community, Vayots Dzor region http://tiny.cc/c1j05w; http://youtu.be/4hJ_e4BNTWU The “Disaster Risk Reduction” program is a regional initiative financed by the Disaster Preparedness Programme of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department - DIPECHO, which funds projects in disaster-prone regions around the world. DIPECHO-funded projects in Armenia targeted Shirak, Aragatsotn, Lori, Gegharkuniq, Vayots Dzor and Yerevan regions and implemented by OXFAM, Armenian Red Cross Society, UNICEF, and Save the Children. DIPECHO II DRR projects in Armenia strengthen capacity of local communities to identify and address the needs of most vulnerable populations in disaster risk reduction. Program significantly improved cooperation with the leading agencies, governmental authorities, DRR National Platform and other relevant regional structures in the South Caucasus in the sphere of disaster risk reduction.
  • 2. PROGRAM DIPECHO II DRR PROGRAM CLOSURE EVENT IN ARMENIA On 30 October 2013 the official closing of the II Phase of the “Disaster Risk Reduction”(DRR) regional program in Armenia has been marked with the joint event organized by OXFAM, UNICEF, Armenian Red Cross Society, and Save the Children in collaboration with the Ministry Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Education and Science and the DRR National Platform. As a unique joint initiative current program has engaged with all key stakeholders in DRR sphere and has ensured that all direct their joint efforts and organizational resources and capacities to ensure greater impact. Program also created opportunities to build cooperation among DRR stakeholders in the South Caucasus. Representatives of key stakeholders and Oxfam partners involved in DIPECHO II DRR regional program highlighted the key project approaches and achievements in Armenia. Activities were undertaken in three main directions: • Strengthening capacity of local communities to identify and address the needs of most vulnerable populations in disaster risk reduction; • Reflection of needs and rights of the most vulnerable children (including children with special needs) in disaster risk reduction policy; capacity building of children and schools in hazard prone areas to better prepare for, mitigate, and respond to disasters, as well as tackling issues related to disaster risk reduction in the context of the national educational system; • Strengthening cooperation with the leading agencies, governmental authorities, DRR National Platform and other relevant regional structures in the South Caucasus in the sphere of disaster risk reduction. Oxfam’s DIPECHO II DRR project put the major focus on the Gender in DRR component. Women are more vulnerable during the emergencies and Oxfam project in Armenia aimed to address this. To support women in building their resilience to natural disasters, Oxfam initiated set of trainings and capacity building activities especially for women in disaster prone communities. Another focus of Oxfam’s project was youth. Being more progressive and in the community frontline Oxfam wants them to be more prepared and informed on DRR and Climate Change. Thus, through establishment of Green Laboratories (houses) youth is learnt to cultivate more resilient crops towards sustainable livelihoods. Training courses and follow up mentoring contributed to this objective. Oxfam has also created Continuing Education Resource Centres in 10 disaster prone communities of Vayots Dzor region in Armenia. They are equipped with all necessary technical resources and materials to ensure continuity of community DRR public awareness even after the end of the project. Our achievements: Oxfam increased the capacities of community institutions in 10 targeted communities of Vayots Dzor region, including municipalities, schools and community emergency groups (CEGs) established by Oxfam through update of community contingency plans in cooperation with the Vayots Dzor Regional Rescue Department, provision of series of trainings on rescuing, first aid, Gender in DRR, Triangle training on Climate Change, DRR and Livelihood, provision of necessary equipment to community schools (evacuation plans, evacuation signs, megaphones, fire extinguishers, stretchers), preparation and publication of information and education materials on DRR (on topics such as fire, earthquake, flooding etc), organization of community drills and joint events, establishment of continuing education resource centres (gathering place for CEGs), green laboratories (small size greenhouses) and implementation of small scale mitigation projects (i.e. reconstruction of bridges, irrigation system, cleaning channels etc). Oxfam has also initiated advocacy actions to bring to policy change at the national level through DRR National Platform, particularly through organization of a workshop on Gender in DRR, comparative analysis of Armenian and SPHERE standards on Crisis Management Standards. Oxfam works closely with UNICEF and other stakeholders on the development of the common school emergency plan. Oxfam being a member of the Climate Change Thematic Group promotes holistic approach to DRR connecting it with CCA and sustainable livelihood that brings to community resilience and, thus sustainable development of the communities.

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