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StrengthVOL

Strengthening Civil Protection Systems through Volunteer Capacities

Overview

Status

Closed

Start

End

Type
Cross-border prevention and preparedness and marine pollution (Track 2)
EU contribution amount
EUR 400 000.83 (EU contribution)
Funding source
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Description

StrengthVOL’s main aim is to increase the deployment of volunteer response teams in Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine. The project fosters better civil protection services in rural areas (including reduced response times) through a volunteer-based system which complements the efforts of national authorities.

Over the last decade, the Red Cross has implemented programmes and projects to establish volunteer teams and strengthen disaster preparedness and response capacities in the Southern Caucasus region (Armenia/Azerbaijan/Georgia) and Ukraine. Systematic integration of these volunteer response teams into governmental civil protection systems still needs to be improved, however.

A research report and accompanying set of guiding principles for the development of cooperation models and agreements between the national Red Cross and civil protection authorities will be compiled on the basis of existing recommendations and lessons learnt in each country. After relevant agreements have been signed, the models will be piloted and volunteer teams will be recruited and assigned to newly established fire and rescue stations in Armenia and Georgia, and security centres in Ukraine.

Building on the models and evaluation of these pilots, action plans to increase the deployment of volunteer teams will be devised. This can then be used as an example for similar volunteer teams.

Partner organisations

Organisation
Country
Austria
Role
Coordinator
EU Contribution
EUR 152 147.42
Organisation
Country
Ukraine
Role
Beneficiary
EU Contribution
EUR 44 218.24
Organisation
Country
Ukraine
Role
Beneficiary
EU Contribution
EUR 0.00
Organisation
Country
Georgia
Role
Beneficiary
EU Contribution
EUR 68 629.63
Organisation
Country
Armenia
Role
Beneficiary
EU Contribution
EUR 90 185.37
Organisation
Country
Armenia
Role
Beneficiary
EU Contribution
EUR 0.00
Organisation
Country
Ireland
Role
Beneficiary
EU Contribution
EUR 44 820.16