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FORS Montenegro on 18 January 2017 presented the project DIRECT – DIsaster REsilient Communities and Towns in the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) of the European Commission. The project, which is funded by this Directorate, has been caused by recognized lack of preparedness of local communities, institutions and services for more efficient response to a growing number of natural and man-made hazards. Main project activities which will contribute to solving the identified problems were presented at the event: trainings for rescuers on protection and rescue in case of fires, floods, earthquakes, etc., field rescue exercises, trainings on Disaster Risk Reduction – DRR, development of evacuation plans for schools and local communities, awareness raising campaign related to disaster risks, study visit to EU, international conferences on DRR, etc.
Also, we emphasized the importance of international cooperation in this area as disasters do not respect administrative borders. The cooperation which will lead to exchange of experiences and good practice models will be realised throughout the project as it is implemented in partnership with services from Slovenia and the Czech Republic. The partner from Montenegro is the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro.
The implementation of the project started on 1 January 2017 and it will last for two years.