The European Union grants 2.5 million euros to contribute to disaster preparedness in Peru

Maria Luisa Silva, Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Peru and Gral. Alfredo Murgueytio, Head of INDECI, during the launch of the DIPECHO Action Plan 2015-2016 in Peru.
Photo credit: ECHO.

Source: ECHO.


LIMA, Peru, June 19, 2015 - The European Union granted 2.5 million euros to Peru to strengthen the National System for Disaster Risk Management (SINAGERD), in order to prepare the most vulnerable populations in the different regions of the country and implement disaster response measures.

This contribution is part of the European Commission’s Disaster Preparedness Programme 2015-2016 (DIPECHO), which officially began with a launch workshop introduced by the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN system in Peru, Ms. Maria Luisa Silva; and the Head of INDECI, Gral. Alfredo Murgueytio, with the attendance of representatives from national and local public and academic institutions, as well as implementing partners and the media.

The project will be implemented over the next 18 months, in coordination with the Disaster Risk Management Secretariat of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI), the National Centre of Disaster Estimation, Prevention and Risk Reduction (CENEPRED) and other public entities, as well as regional and municipal governments, benefiting more than 14,000 people vulnerable to different types of risk: Frost, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, among others.

The objective of the plan follows the guidelines and priorities established in the National Disaster Risk Management Plan (PLANAGERD) that focuses on certain key points such as strengthening institutional and population response capacities (early warning system, information management and emergency operations planning); facilitating coordination mechanisms between territorial levels; the promotion of efforts in higher education to incorporate disaster risk management in universities; and implementing technical measures to reduce risks.

This DIPECHO Action Plan 2015-2016 includes four national execution projects: UNDP, working nationally and in the regions of La Libertad and Lima; the consortium led by Welhthungerhilfe in partnership with Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe-Practical Solutions and PREDES, working nationally and in the regions of Apurimac and Cusco; CARE, working in partnership with ESAN University and the Regional Association of the Andes, which is national in scope, and the German Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross and Peruvian Red Cross, also national in scope. Furthermore, the plan also considers two regional projects implemented by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR) and UNESCO.



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