Strenghtening capacities for efficient risk management through GIS-a (Geographic Information System)

In order to improve the capacities for more efficient risk management a training on using GIS tools in mapping areas with high risks was organised in Podgorica on 5-8 November for the representatives of the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro and protection and rescue services. During the four-day training, the participants had the opportunity to learn more information on presentation of objects, components necessary for organisation of data in GIS, GIS software, etc. The bigger part of the training included practical work, during which the participants worked on creating a database in QGIS programme. The knowledge and skills gained on this training will be applied through updating of the database on floods in the region of the Lake of Skadar.

The training was organised within the project Disasters do not know borders whose aims are to strengthen the capacities of institutions and services from dealing with protection and rescue for disaster risk reduction and to raise the awareness of the local population on the risks of floods.

Two-year project whose implementation started on 17 April 2018 is implemented in Montenegro and Albania, and its main activities include procurement of equipment for protection from floods and weather forecasting, trainings for representatives of institutions and services dealing with protection and rescue and emergency management, cross-border field exercises, updating of the databases on floods in the region of Shkodra Lake, seminar on best EU practice in flood protection, awareness raising campaign on the risks of floods, preventive measures and protection and rescue activities, etc. The target region includes the municipalities of Podgorica, Bar and Ulcinj in Montenegro and the region of Shkodra in Albania.

The project is implemented by FORS Montenegro in partnership with the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro and the Prefecture of Shkodra from Albania.

The project is financed by the European Union through Cross-border Cooperation Programme Montenegro-Albania 2014-2020. The project is co-funded in Montenegro by the Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro.