“Let’s Be Prepared” – a new FORS Montenegro project for strengthening the protection and rescue systems and cross-border cooperation in disaster risk reduction

A press conference for presenting the project “Let’s Be Prepared” implemented by FORS Montenegro and the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia has been organised in Nikšić today. The project, whose implementation started on 1 December 2019 aims to strengthen capacities of institutions and services from Montenegro and Serbia dealing with protection and rescue for prevention and mitigation of floods and fires, as well as to raise the awareness of the local population in the cross-border area on disaster risk reduction. The project is funded by the European Union within the IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Serbia – Montenegro 2014-2020 and in Montenegro it is co-funded by the Ministry of Public Administration. The Contracting Authority for the project is the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia – Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes. Total value of the project “Let’s Be Prepared” amounts to € 422,967.60, out of which the contribution of the European Union is € 359,48016, and the contribution of the Ministry of Public Administration is  € 39.930,84. The value of the project for Montenegrin side is € 277.210,65. Darko Belić, Head of the Department for Emergency Management of the Police Directorate Novi Pazar and Veselin Šturanović, the Executive Director of FORS Montenegro spoke at the press conference.

The eighteen-month project “Let’s Be Prepared” is implemented in Montenegro and Serbia, and its main activities include procurement of equipment for protection and rescue in case of fires and floods whose estimated value is around € 172,000 and the procurement of equipment for weather forecasting whose estimated value is around € 20,000. In addition to that, the project includes trainings for representatives of institutions and services dealing with protection and rescue, cross-border field exercises, seminars on good practice models in protection from floods and fires, trainings for representatives of hydro meteorological services, international conference on disaster risk reduction, awareness raising campaign on the risks of disasters, preventive measures and protection and rescue activities, etc.

The target area of the project includes the municipalities of Berane, Bijelo Polje, Žabljak, Nikšić, Petnjica, Pljevlja and Šavnik in Montenegro and the municipalities of Novi Pazar, Raška, Sjenica and Tutin in Serbia.

The project is implemented in cooperation with the Directorate for Emergency Management of Montenegro and municipal protection and rescue units.

It is a continuation of the activities of FORS Montenegro directed at strengthening the protection and rescue systems, by which we want to assist the institution and services dealing with this field and it is our sixth project in this area.