The Euromed programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made Disasters (PPRD) is an EU funded programme aiming at raising national resilience of each southern Mediterranean partner country (countries targeted by the European Neighbourhood Policy – ENP) affected by a natural or man-made disaster, mainly through risk reduction (prevention, mitigation, public awareness) and preparedness (capacity building, contingency planning), including better cooperation at the international level.
Building on lessons learned from on going and previous programmes, the purpose of the project is to:
- Stimulate the development of a national approach to disaster management based on prevention, mitigation, and preparedness rather than on response, with the involvement of governmental actors as well as of civil society stakeholders;
- Encourage inter-regional co-ordination and co-operation in order to have co-ordinated responses of partner countries affected by the same disaster, and;
- Reinforce institutional co-operation between the EU Civil Protection Mechanisms, and, the ENP South partner countries' civil protection and marine pollution systems.
The main results to be achieved under this phase are the following:
- Reinforce the existing measures of risk prevention and mitigation at regional, national and local levels;
- Improve the preparedness, facilitate the deployment of appropriate regional warning systems, and improve the co-ordinated action of the relevant operational centres, while actively involving the populations at risk;
- Introduce post-disaster recovery planning into the national civil protection systems;
- Raise awareness of civil society stakeholders (such as volunteers, NGOs, women’s groups etc.), that could be potentially involved in disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and co-ordinated response actions
PPRD South 2 programme (2013-2016) is the continuation of the PPRD South I (2010-2013), but also a hyphen with the ECHO program 2014 – 2020 which will mainly focus on prevention, preparedness and communication in the risks and crisis management structures of ENP South and East regions.
The targeted countries of this programme are the southern neighbourhood ones, covered by the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), namely: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia. This programme is funded through the ENPI.
 Coperation with Syria is temporarily suspended until further notice from the European Commission