The Civil Protection Knowledge Network Partnership Platform – Middle East (HEUREKA) links knowledge-holders relevant to disaster management to humanitarian aid workers to enhance coordination and cooperation, enhancing the capacity and competence of experts. It brings different actors in the field of civil protection together at a crucial moment, between the European Union and its southern Neighbourhood, particularly the Middle East. It also creates synergies between humanitarian and civil protection actors. At the same time, the network supports the introduction of a new organisational approach to enable organisations and communities to make use of the knowledge they have access to through the platform.
The majority of disaster risks are cross-border in nature, threaten entire regions, and can affect multiple countries simultaneously. In a world that has become increasingly interconnected, risks also tend to become cross-sectoral, touching upon various thematic disciplines at once. The civil protection systems of the Middle East had been challenged more than anywhere else in the wider surroundings of the European Union in the last decade due to a mix of conflict and natural disasters.
HEUREKA presented two thematic workshops, ‘Seismic Risk and Vulnerable People’ and ‘Climate Change and Preparedness in Pandemic Situations’, hosted by its Palestinian and Lebanese project partners. Numerous civil protection stakeholders in the Middle East came together virtually to exchange on the topics, demonstrating the value of the project.
Project website: https://heureka-project.eu/wp/
- EU Contribution
- EUR 28 760.09