Prevention and minimization of the Risks for the Environment and Vision for iNnovative Tools /PREVENT/

Project code:CB005.1.11.165
Project call:CB005.1
Priority axis / Specific objective:1.1. Preventing and mitigating the consequences of natural and man-made disasters in the cross-border area
Type of project:Investment
Project duration in months:15
Project final contract amount:581483.41 €
Project EU co-financing rate:85.00 %
Project start date:21.03.2017
Project end date:20.06.2018
Project intervention field:087 Adaptation to climate change measures and prevention and management of climate related risks e.g. erosion, fires, flooding, storms and drought, including awareness raising, civil protection and disaster management systems and infrastructures
Project summary:

The project is focused on tackling the basic and global problems which are closely linked with  forest fires, floods, atmosphere pollution, biotic agents and climate changes’ influence.

Creation of a formal cooperation network working on prevention and mitigation of the consequences from natural and man-made disasters between Dimitrovgrad and Uzunkopru municipalities is envisaged. Within the project there will be constructed a tower and  automatic technical equipment for observation and prevention of forest fires on the territory of Dimitrovgrad municipality that will cover a perimeter of about 26 km. The automatic observatory is designed for monitoring, safeguarding, analyses, communication and early prevention in cases of fire and other unfavourable events in the covered perimeter. a Flood Prevention Information System will be installed in Uzunköprü municipality that will work with a specialized software and will deliver data in real time. A Common Strategy for Prevention from Natural and Man-made Disasters and mitigating the consequences from them across the Cross border region will be elaborated for ensuring sustainability of the project.

Project implementation will contribute to better protection of the population and conservation of biological and landscape diversity in the border region. The installation of a system for early warning of natural disasters in Uzunkupru and construction of a watchtower in the municipality of Dimitrovgrad will reduce the negative impacts of forest fires, floods, natural and other man-made disasters.

Project status: Finished

The project partners have implemented the activities according to the schedule.

The idea of project “Prevention and minimization of the Risks for the Environment and Vision for Innovative Tools /PREVENT/” started lots of years ago. Fighting against natural and man-made disasters in the cross-border area can be a challenge for both of the project partners – Dimitrovgrad Municipality and Uzunkopru Municipality. That is how they come with the idea of realizing a project which aims at preventing disasters and mitigating the consequences from them. One of the main activities for Dimitrovgrad Municipality is the construction of an Automatic Observatory Tower, which monitors and prevents forest fires. There is an equipped Control Centre in the building of the municipality, where the alarm for potential fire is going after its been detected from the Observatory Tower on site. After receiving that signal, the Control Centre is sending it to the relevant institutions and entities responsible for disaster management. In Uzunkopru Municipality is installed an early detection system for preventing floods on the rivers Ergene and Kirkavak. A special operational flood forecasting system software system has been developed that collects data and transmits in real time the accumulated information from the installed systems. Both partners put a lot of effort and worked hard for the smooth and successful implementation of the project. They have had difficulties through the stages of implementation but combining their knowledge, experience and common goals, managed to get through every situation.

The construction, installation and operation of the prevention systems contribute in regard of the population of the region, the ecosystems, habitats, economic entities and for all of the institutions involved in risk prevention. The established relationships between the partners and institutions that are involved in hazards management within the project are fundamental for future cooperation and join initiatives.

Project website:

http://preventdisaster.org/

Project products:

The Project brochure is available HERE.

The Common Strategy for Prevention from Natural and Man-made Disasters and Mitigating the consequences from them (English version) is available HERE.

The Common Strategy for Prevention from Natural and Man-made Disasters and Mitigating the consequences from them (Bulgarian version) is available HERE.

The Common Strategy for Prevention from Natural and Man-made Disasters and Mitigating the consequences from them (Turkish version) is available HERE.

Partners

Leading partner
Municipality of Dimitrovgrad
PP2
Municipality of Uzunkopru