Project “BALTPREP – enhancing regional preparedness and response capacity for major accidents in the Baltic Sea region”

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Project implementation period: 1 January, 2019 –  31 December, 2020

Project No: 826529

Project partners, 7 EU member states in Baltic Sea macro-region: Finnish Red Cross (leading organization), Estonian Red Cross, Latvian Red Cross, Lithuanian Red Cross, Polish Red Cross, German Red Cross, Danish Red Cross.

Russian and Swedish Red Cross are invited to participate in implementation.

The general objective: to improve and optimize quality and interoperability of the Red Cross and Civil Protection Authorities regional response capacity for major accidents and severe disruptions.

The project is implemented in Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Context & overall objectives

The Baltic Sea region (BSR) covers a significant area of northern Europe and its EU member countries representing nearly a fifth of the EU population. Over the past few years, issues of preparedness have emerged strongly in the region. The BALTPREP – Enhancing regional preparedness and response capacity for major accidents in the Baltic Sea region project improves and optimizes quality and interoperability of the Red Cross and Civil Protection Authorities regional response capacity for major accidents and severe disruptions. The project strengthens collaboration in and between 7 EU member states: Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Work planned & main achievements

BALTPREP includes wide range of activities in the field of regional preparedness. By the end of the project, the participating countries will benefit from a better understanding of existing response capacities and assets around the region, more trained staff and volunteers, and importantly, a solid sub-regional framework for preparedness by established working groups (i.e. DM-TWG) and preparedness planning to ensure sustainability. At the end of the project, the regional response capacities are tested in a table-top exercise to capture findings and lessons learnt for further regional development.

Results & impacts

As result of BALTPREP, capacities and interoperability in Psychosocial Support (PSS) in emergencies are increased, co-operation between civil protection and humanitarian aid actors are enhanced and trans-border and macro regional co-operation are improved. The activities take place in participating countries. The project involves staff, volunteers and international aid workers from each RCNS in addition to the Civil Protection Authorities. Civil Protection Authorities, communities and the Red Cross National Societies in participating countries benefit from improved coordination, quality and interoperability of existing response capacities and more efficient and standardized assistance in case of an emergency.

Project Manager for the Latvian Red Cross: Ms. Agnese Trofimova, e-mail: agnese.trofimova@redcross.lv, phone. + 371 67686312

The project is funded by European Union within Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid program. Budget: 0,6M EUR (75 % EU Contribution, 25% funded by Red Cross national societies).

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LatRC joins an international meeting within the project “BALTPREP”

Published on 08.08.2019.

Within the umbrella of the BALTPREP project, the first meeting of a newly established Baltic Sea Region Disaster Management Technical Working Group took place in Helsinki on 7 June, 2019.

The forum is meant for peer learning, exchange of knowledge and support as well as to ensure cooperation of the Baltic Sea region National Societies in the field of disaster management.

All Red Cross National Societies working in the Baltic Sea Region were present in the meeting, either in person or online. This platform will support the regional Red Cross National Societies in exchanging disaster management knowledge and experience.

In the first meeting, the group discussed the current status of cooperation agreements and preparedness plans of the National Societies, paving way for next steps for increased connections to partners in domestic and regional fora.

Project partners, 7 EU member states in Baltic Sea macro-region: Finnish Red Cross (leading organization), Estonian Red Cross, Latvian Red Cross, Lithuanian Red Cross, Polish Red Cross, German Red Cross, Danish Red Cross.

Photo: Benjamin Suomela / Finnish Red Cross

 

Published on 17.04.2019.

On 26 March, 2019, representatives of Latvian Red Cross went to Helsinki, Finland to join project BALTPREP (Enhancing regional preparedness and response capacity for major accidents in the Baltic Sea region) opening event, where project team met with civil protection authorities and other sectoral experts. The guest organizations were Estonian Rescue Centre, Danish Emergency Management Agency DEMA, Finnish Ministry of Interior, Finnish Border Guard, Social Emergency and Crisis Centre, Vantaa and Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired.BALTPREP team, consisting of seven Baltic Sea region Red Cross national societies, presented their project and discussed issues pertaining to civil protection and regional cooperation with civil protection authorities from Denmark, Estonia and Finland.It makes sense to cooperate more and learn from each other – both domestically and regionally

Civil protection authorities raised the importance of continued information sharing and exhange with civil society. They valued existing joint planning, exercises and training with Red Cross national societies, and saw potential in enhancing the cooperation. For example, the Red Cross national societies could be a potential partner regarding the management of spontaneous volunteers. The support that a volunteer-based organization offers to civil protection authorities was acknowledged, albeit the context differs in the Baltic Sea region from country to country. The legal architecture framing the cooperation, for example, is dissimilar in different countries in the Baltic Sea region. Civil protection authorities’ panel discussion on cooperation with Red Cross National Societies was led by Senior Specialist at the Finnish Ministry of Interior, Jari Honkanen. The participants were Head of section in DEMA Stine Bentien Hundebol, Leading Specialist in Western Rescue Center Eimar Täht from Estonia, and Reetta Voutilainen from Social Emergency and Crisis Centre, Vantaa in Finland. Photo: Finnish Red Cross.
The kick-off event was opened by the Director of International Operations and Programmes of Finnish Red Cross Kalle Löövi who expressed the intent to increase information sharing in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The closing words were given by the Head of International Disaster Management Unit Tiina Saarikoski who noted that the regional work started by BALTPREP will continue also after the project.