One of the main added values of DPPI SEE has always been that it is “practically oriented”. It only engages in project facilitation and implementation of specific activities following a proposal from a member country (countries) and based on the mutually agreed upon action. A fruitful co-operation has been established with a number of international partners that have all supported this approach and with which the Initiative has coordinated its activities and collaborated within different projects.
i. NATO - Science for Peace: Harmonization of seismic hazard and risk reduction in countries influenced by Vrancea earthquakes” was based on the request of the Governments of Bulgaria, Moldova and Romanian for receipt of international support for these DPPI SEE member countries adaptation to European and international standards. The proposal was first submitted to the Stability Pact / Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative who kindly requested NATO’s Science for Peace assistance and support in development and implementation of the project.
ii. Civil Military Emergency Planning Council for SEE (CMEPC): The guidance and other documents related to the Border Crossing Procedures in SEE have been taken from CMEP Handbook. The Protocols on Border Crossing Procedures between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro have been made in accordance with CMEP Handbook.
iii. Southeast Europe Simulation (SEESIM) - based on the South Eastern Europe Defense Ministerial (SEDM) agreement. One of the principal references for SEESIM was Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative Regional Report (v 04.05.01). DPPI SEE participated at the SEESIM conferences as an observer and on the Computer Assisted Exercise (CAX) Execution DPPI SEE participated as a member of the International Coordination Cell.
iv. United Nations - Disaster Management Training Programme (UN DMTP) and the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative organized several regional workshops between national representatives, local and international non-governmental organizations, and UN agencies in South Eastern Europe with the aim of discussing common strategies, exchange valuable information related to disaster management and identify key areas which need to be addressed in the future.
v. UN Office for Humanitarian Assistance (UN OCHA): - The UN Civil Military Co-ordination Course (UN-CMCoord) was conducted in the SEE region as a part of the SP DPPI Disaster Management Training Project for South East Europe.
The course was conducted as a United Nations led course under the auspices of the Military Civil Defence Unit (MCDU) and hosted by the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief at the training centre in Ig, Slovenia
The objective of the course was to provide basic knowledge about United Nations led humanitarian relief agencies and operations focusing on enhancing understanding of the UN -system in general, coordination, liaison between military/civil defence assets and civil authorities and better initial understanding of all humanitarian actors in the field.
The course was designed for participants with experience in emergency response who were at the same time expected to take part in international disaster or humanitarian relief operations. UN OCHA certified the course.
vi. International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC) : Since 2002, the IFRC and National Red Cross Society has participated actively at many of the events organized by DPPI SEE, such as DPPI SEE Regional Meetings 2002 -2006, JFFU Exercise held in May 2004, in Budva, 2005 DPPI SEE Working Group meetings related to the Border Crossing Agreements and Protocols, etc. Through these participations, IFRC and the Red Cross National Societies have been recognized as valuable partners to the Governmental Disaster Management Authorities.
vii. European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC): In the framework of UNESCO, GFZ (a German institute) organized a five-week training session for seismologists dealing with observational seismology. The DPPI SEE provided financial and technical support for the participation of four young seismologists with scientific background from DPPI SEE countries at this training course.
viii. Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB): MSB has showed utmost interest in the DPPI SEE activities to the date and has repeatedly reaffirmed its readiness for looking into possibilities of further cooperation. MSB representatives are regular attendees at the DPPI SEE Regional Meetings, thus emphasizing the value of the DPPI SEE as an excellent regional organization for information sharing and exchange of lessons learned platform to exchange experiences and readiness to cooperate more closely in the future. The joint DPPI SEE/ MSB/ CADRI DRR Capacity Development Project has been the best evidence of the DPPI SEE/ MSB cooperation in its full capacity and an excellent momentum in further joint implementation of DRR activities in the region.
ix. Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA): DEMA’s representatives are regular attendees at the DPPI SEE Regional Meetings thus expressing their continued interest in the DPPI SEE activities and repeated recognition of the DPPI SEE as an excellent platform for information sharing and exchange of lessons learnt.
x. RACVIAC Centre for Security Cooperation: joint activities are conducted regularly, mainly within the scope of DMTP project. The DPPI SEE and RACVIAC are in the process of negotiating the Memorandum of Understanding regarding the further cooperation between the two initiatives.
xi. George Marshall Centre: Organized with the DPPI SEE an International Conference on Disaster Preparedness in South Eastern Europe. The goal of the Conference was to highlight disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts in South Eastern Europe by summarizing joint activities among the various international and regional institutions and agencies and identifying disaster preparedness and emergency response roles and responsibilities thus reaffirming the need for continued cooperation among the SEE Civil Protection Agencies and ascertaining a further crisis response and consequence management challenges.
xii. East West Institute (EWI): - In the past, the EWI supported financially the organization of the DPPI SEE Joint Fire-Fighting exercise. The EWI and DPPI SEE further continued their joint activities in the field of the border crossing procedures and especially with a view to enhancing border crossing co-operation between local and regional authorities in the Southern Adriatic region.
xiii. NATO Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC): After the field exercise “Taming the Dragon- Dalmatia 2002” which was initiated by the DPPI SEE and conducted jointly by Croatia and EADRCC, cooperation between the two parties continued. The last joint activity was a project aimed at introducing INSARAG standards to SEE countries. The project started with a Workshop held in RACVIAC, Croatia in April 2009.
xiv. EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EU CPM) : The main role of the Community Mechanism for Civil Protection is to facilitate co-operation in civil protection assistance interventions in the event of major emergencies that may require urgent response actions. The EU CPM has supported the DPPI SEE activities to enable the SEE countries not participating in the EU CPM to take part in the EU Civil Protection Training Programme.
xv. Italian Civil Protection Department: The Italian Civil Protection Department has been grounded in the offices of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers since 1982. It has a guiding role, in agreement with regional and local governments, of projects and activities for the prevention, forecast and monitoring of risks and intervention procedures that are common to the whole system. The Department coordinates the response to natural disasters, catastrophes or other events - events of C type - that intensity and extent, should be faced with extraordinary powers and means.
Moreover, also in agreement with the regional governments and local authorities, it works in the drafting of legislation on the prevention of risks and regulatory measures needed to cope with disasters and minimize damage to people and property. It promotes drills, national and international training projects and activities that contribute to spreading the culture of civil protection.
All the above stated confirms the high-level profile and reputation of the DPPI SEE and the synergy with other national and international initiatives, organizations, programs and donors active in the field of disaster management in the region of South Eastern Europe.