On 15th and 16th of October 2018 in hotel “Aleksandar Palace”, Skopje, the final Regional Conference was held within the project “South East Europe Urban Resilience Building Action Network” – SEE URBAN, which the Centre for development of the South-East planning region is implementing in partnership with UNDP in cooperation with stakeholders from the 6 following countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

 

The main goal of the conference was to share experiences on already tested models for disaster risk reduction at local level outside the borders of the South East Europe region, discussion on the further potential for regional cooperation in this area and investigation of the possibilities for their replication in the countries partners from the East and Central Asia.

Hundreds of delegates from all countries and territories of the countries of South East Europe, including the Republic of Macedonia, representing the national disaster risk management agencies, local authorities, civil society organizations, the Academy and the UNDP Regional Centers in Istanbul and the national offices, exchanged experiences and shared models for reducing disaster risks.

In her official address, the Head of the Center Ms. Gjurkova explained that this project will provide a unique coordinated response and strong cross-border cooperation. Such coordinated response will be achieved through integration on regional level, i.e through the Centre for development of the South-East planning region as an administrative body. The Centre has a lot of experience in the preparation and implementation of projects, has the possibility to use national and EU funds, a network of persons from the municipalities that composes the region, with national and regional institutions, educational institutions, private sector and other stakeholders. That is the reason why this approach represents the basis for implementing the Macedonian model for building an action network for urban resilience in South East Europe.

In addition, Ms Gjurkova noted that in the recent years an imbalance of population between the cities and rural areas is noticed, that is, a rapid increase in the population in the cities, and therefore it is necessary to strengthen the capacities and promote the cooperation between the cities in the South- East planning region in direction to deal with natural disasters. Bearing in mind that the system for disaster risk reduction in the Republic of Macedonia is based on a bottom-up approach, which means that in times of crises and disasters, municipalities are the ones that need to react first. From this we can conclude how important is the support from other countries and the experience that they can share.

This final Regional Conference was organized in the frame of the project “South East Europe Urban Resilience Building Action Network” – SEE URBAN, financed by European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Programme (DG ECHO).

 

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