Dominican Republic prepares for disaster: Launches new projects funded by the EU

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More than 80,000 people in the Dominican Republic will benefit from over $2.7 million in investment through the Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO) 2015-2016 -supported by international organizations located at City of Knowledge- to reduce the impact of natural hazards by preparing vulnerable populations and strengthening State institutions in disaster risk management issues.

This was expressed by the organizations led by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), after the recent presentation of the lines of action of the current DIPECHO (ECHO Disaster Preparedness Programme), before the plenary of the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic, headed by Major General Rafael Emilio de Luna Pichirilo.

DIPECHO 2015-2016 will be implemented at national and local, institutional and community levels, in rural areas as well as urban and peri-urban areas prone to recurrent disasters, principally in the provinces of Dajabon, San Cristobal and Pedernales.

During the next 18 months, simple and inexpensive preventive actions for disaster preparedness will be developed and implemented in conjunction with local authorities and communities, which will help to prevent the loss of lives, property and livelihoods in the municipalities involved.

Risk maps, emergency and contingency plans, early warning systems, community educational campaigns, training workshops for journalists, professionals and construction masters, as well as small infrastructure projects, will also be developed.

The implementation of these actions are supported by international organizations such as OXFAM, Plan International, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), that have their respective headquarters at the City of Knowledge.