Africa News Disaster prevention: towards improving civil protection in Côte d'Ivoire

Disaster prevention: towards improving civil protection in Côte d'Ivoire

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The National Office of Civil Protection (ONPC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) proceeded on Wednesday, February 27 at the opening of the launching workshop of the activities of the Project of Capacity Building of Prevention of the Disasters for the Improvement of the Civil Protection in Ivory Coast (PRCA-PC) and validation of the communication strategy.

Under the leadership of the Ministry of the Interior and Security, this workshop, which runs until 01 March 2019 in Grand-Bassam, aims to inform stakeholders about the project components and to appreciate the communication strategy, as well as approaches for effective and efficient implementation of activities.

For Dr Paul Doua Joseph, representative of the UNDP Resident Representative, "the extensive process of Security Sector Reform underway, which is one of the key priorities of the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, places the issue of civil protection as one of its major axes (…) This project, which is a logical continuation of the efforts of the Government and its partners in the area of Civil Protection, is focused on a joint planning and programming approach to activities "

"Today's workshop deserves a successful exchange of views, a common understanding of civil protection challenges and an appreciation of the project's communication strategy, as well as approaches for its effective implementation. and efficient that will not only consolidate the gains of the moment, but also contribute to significantly improve civil protection interventions "he concluded.

He also praised the strong partnership between UNDP and ONPC, which has already lasted a few years and has achieved significant results in the field of civil protection partnership development, not to mention Japan.

It was supported by the representative of the Embassy of Japan who said that the country is a traditional partner of UNDP, and a partner strongly committed to peace, security and development, in the world and particularly in Côte d'Ivoire. d'Ivoire, through the funding of several initiatives in the areas of peacebuilding and security governance.

In the face of major challenges in disaster prevention and civil protection, Grand-Bassam Prefect Amakou Kassi Gabin, representing the Ministry of the Interior and Security, hailed the implementation of ambitious and coordinated initiatives in the region. image of the PRCA-PC, especially that "the civil protection is an important aspect of the security of our populations" he confided inviting the participants to appropriate this project.

As General Kili Fiacre, Director General of ONPC, we must adapt to new forms of disaster, this is why this workshop reinforces the action capabilities of civilian firefighters in the field in terms of training, materials and infrastructure for the benefit of people in five regions including Agneby Tiassa, Lôh Djiboua, Worodougou, Bagoué and Cavally.

As a reminder, the PRCA-PC is a contribution from the Government of Japan and the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), through UNDP and its partners, to the response to the challenge of Civil Protection in Côte d'Ivoire .

With a total amount of USD 5,000,000.00, the 3-year project (July 2018-June 2021) will strive to develop ONPC's operational, institutional and managerial capacity-building initiatives. to rehabilitate five (05) Emergency Rescue Centers (UHCs) targeted and support community mobilization through a Communication for Development approach to improve the Civil-Population Firefighter relationship.

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