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3P Consortium partners broaden work on disaster risk reduction in eastern Ukraine

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For the third year, the ACTED-led 3P Consortium implements their DRR response with the support of Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. Their aim is to prevent large-scale disasters through support for improved planning and sector reform, while preparing first responders and communities to respond to conflict and industrial risks, and protecting civilian populations by advocating for investments before, during and after disasters.

Although the yearly volume of hostilities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in eastern Ukraine has gradually decreased, 8 years on Ukrainian civilians continue to bear the brunt of the consequences of an armed conflict that threatens to intensify once again. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the consequences of the conflict, putting a strain on the already 3.4 million people in need of protection and humanitarian assistance in eastern Ukraine. In addition to the armed conflict and COVID-19-pandemic, communities living along the Line of Contact continue to face natural hazards common to the region – wildfires, drought spells, and water safety issues – that are exacerbated by the conflict, while the State’s strategy remains largely focused on emergency response, rather than preparedness and resilience of the communities most exposed to these risks.

In order to improve understanding, preparedness, and resilience to natural, multi-hazard and water-related risks response capacity in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, the 3P Consortium, led by ACTED and including IMPACT Initiatives, the Danish Red Cross, Ukrainian Red Cross Society and Right to Protection, continue to work on reduction of disaster risk vulnerability in eastern Ukraine by launching the second phase of their project with financial support from Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. It is paramount to reinforce local authorities’ capacity to prevent a large-scale disaster through improved planning, preparing communities to respond to these risks, and enhancing capacities to protect the civilian population should a disaster strike.

Over 24 months, the 3P Consortium will work on three objectives:

• Advocate for Disaster Risk Management reforms and enhance coordination amongst key national and international stakeholders in Ukraine;

• Improve understanding of risks and strengthen the risk management capacity of local authorities and first responders;

• Enhance community awareness, preparedness and response at local level.

The partners aims to target 45 organizations, 6,348 individuals directly and 216,000 people indirectly through development of local Disaster Risk Management plans; conducting Area Based-Risk-Assessments; wildfire risk analysis; Water Risk Assessments; preparing Water and Sanitation Safety Plans; designing of a mobile application for increased risk awareness; conducting public awareness campaigns and more than 50 trainings/sessions and desk studies; all with the overarching aim to furtherpromote, raise awareness of, and improve disaster risk management in Ukraine and support the Government of Ukraine in fulfilling its commitments under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

“The 3P Consortium is continuing to provide technical and planning support for eastern settlements and administrative entities, as started 3 years ago. Meanwhile, recent wildfires are showing a very important concerns from local residents with extremely severe impacts, exacerbated by climate change and degradation of the natural resources. These are priorities which have been not addressed for many years, with a high susceptibility to cause major disruption”, said Benoit Gerfault, 3P Consortium Coordinator.