Immigration: Tunis, civil protection forum 11 Med countries

PPRD South workshop to focus on migration crisis management

16 July, 13:37

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 16 - Twenty five civil protection officers from 11 Mediterranean countries will be meeting in Tunis, on 16 and 17 July, with international experts from the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, UNHCR, UNOCHA and the International Organization for Migrations (IOM). The aim of the workshop, which is being organised by the EU-funded PPRD South Programme, is to examine possible scenarios of forced migration crises in the Mediterranean and to discuss how national civil protection authorities in the region could improve the way in which they work together and with international humanitarian actors in tackling these crises.

According to the Enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu), on day one, Tunisia's civil protection authorities will illustrate the lessons learned from the management of the humanitarian crisis caused by the massive flow of more than 350,000 refugees seeking shelter and protection from the conflict in Libya in 2011.

Workshop participants will try to set out specific roles for the different national and international agencies involved and will examine possible organisational measures for improving coordination among national and international players.

On day two, the operational aspects of migration crisis management will be addressed, such as tools and best practices for planning temporary shelters, camp management and minimum standards of assistance. The 5 million euros PPRD South Programme (Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters), managed by a consortium led by the Italian Civil Protection Department together with the French, Algerian, Egyptian Civil Protection Authorities and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), is organising training workshops dealing with risks in the region such as wild fires, technological disasters, floods, earthquakes, epidemics and drought, among others. (ANSAmed)
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