The workshop, conducted from 16 to 17 October 2023 in Skopje, provided a forum for participants to discuss recommendations on disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies, strategies made by the Environmental Performance Review (EPR), and implementation status in their respective countries. Highlights included progress updates since the last EPR and efforts made to implement proposed DRR measures. The program also included introductions to national policies, strategies, and regulatory frameworks, with an emphasis on identifying replicable initiatives appropriate to UNECE Programme countries.
The agenda of the event included discussions on DRR topics related to the workshop's themes, such as DRR and implementation of SDGs, institutional arrangements, funding. Participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, The Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Romania and Tajikistan exchanged best practices, prioritized needs, and explored possibilities for regional cooperation. Networking opportunities were also significant, allowing guests to build professional contacts.
Session 1: Priority issues for disaster risk reduction management
Session 2: Prioritization and methodologies for coherence between central Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policy development and coordination and decentralized implementation regarding DRR
Session 3: Necessary conditions for implementation of DRR policies
- Monitoring and early warning systems, Central Asian Institute for Applied Geoscience
- Expert Institutions as active part of the crisis management structure
Session 4: Cross-cutting DRR and the SDGs: Opportunities and challenges for developing DRR policies