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Visegrad Experts at Resilience Forums in the South Caucasus

 

Project title: Visegrad Experts at Resilience Forums in the South Caucuses

Project period: 05/01/2017 – 06/30/2017

Project coordinator for Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovak Republic), Faculty of Natural Sciences: Assoc. Prof. RNDr. Eva Pauditšová, PhD.

 

Project was funded by International Visegrad Fund (http://visegradfund.org/about) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Netherlands and implemented by OxYGen Foundation (Armenia, oxygen.org.am/index.php/en/what-we-do/ivf-to-the-south-caucasus) together with its implementing partner organization: Bridge Innovation and Development (BRIDGE, http://www.bridge.org.ge/en/about).

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Short description of project

 Armenia and Georgia have low level of preparedness and resilience at the community and local government level, and are highly prone and exposed to natural disasters and climate change impacts. The local governments and civil society intensively work on disaster risk reduction, strengthening preparedness and mitigation. However, there is a lack of access to the latest concepts, solutions and knowledge on new approaches to building resilience of local population, environment, businesses and government. There is on‐going need of high profile expertise in both countries to meet the commitments at the local/regional level (Tavush Regional Development Plan, Adjara Climate Change Strategy), national strategies on preparedness and safety as well as to contribute to the key global frameworks.

“Visegrad Experts at Resilience Forum in the South Caucasus” project were designed to support Armenia and Georgia in their resilience building efforts. The Project activities were take place in Tavush, Armenia and Adjara, Georgia. Four experts from the Visegrad Group  countries:

  • Tamara Tokarczyk from Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Wroclaw, Poland
  • Radim Tolasz from Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Miklós Székely from Energy Club Climate Policy Institute and Communications Association, Budapest, Hungary
  • Eva Pauditšová from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia

were join Learning Sessions and Resilience Forum in both countries and shared their expertise in fields such as: mainstreaming resilience building and disaster risk reduction into development and strategic plans, creation of adaptation measures, creatiin of innovative early warning multi‐hazard approaches for meteorological and hydrological hazards, science‐based mitigation and adaptation response policy making, and new technologies in technical and scientific forecasting and warning services, etc.

The Resilience forums and Learning sessions were organized in Adjara, Georgia (May 29-30, 2017) and in Tavush, Armenia (June 1-2, 2017

The project had joint activities with Supporting Community Resilience in the South Caucasus project implemented by Oxfam GB with its partners OxYGen/Armenia and Bridge/Georgia financed by EU/DIPECHO.