Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-Made disasters in
Middle East and North Africa Partnership Countries
The PPRD South III project, funded by the European Commission, aimed to strengthen resilience in the region covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and, at the same time, reduce the social, environmental and economic costs of disasters. The project, which ran from 2018 to 2021, was built on the achievements of the previous PPRD South Program, which ran from 2009 to 2012.
The project had two specific objectives: on the one hand, to develop a disaster management approach based on prevention, mitigation and risk preparedness, rather than on response after a disaster has occurred; on the other hand, to strengthen coordination and cooperation among participating countries, and specifically those in the Mediterranean basin (the countries covered by the project are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia).
Within the project, CIMA Research Foundation has been charged to support the Italian Civil Protection Department in the implementation of the sub-objective named "Development and installation of a flood risk monitoring and mapping tool in interested countries including training and technical assistance for the set up of Early Warning Systems for floods". The activities took place between July 2020 and September 2021 and included training and support in the operational use and administration of myDEWETRA.world, a global-scale version of the myDEWETRA platform developed by CIMA Research Foundation, owned by the Department of Civil Protection and used for the assessment and management of risk related to floods and forest fires. In addition, countries interested in developing a national instance of myDEWETRA.world have been assisted in the process through the creation of dedicated implementation plans.
The platform represents a decision support system for national bodies involved in risk management and civil protection, including technical and scientific ones, for the activities of information sharing, elaboration of possible risk scenarios and development of tools for real-time assessment, monitoring and alerting in case of possible critical situations.