35 mn euro for DIPECHO in 2012
Thursday 12 July 2012
The EU has allocated €35 million, in 2012, to disaster preparedness programmes (DIPECHO), the Commission announced, on 12 July. Funds will be distributed to Central America (€10 million), South East Asia (€11 million), Central Asia (€8 million) and Southern Africa (€6 million). “Experience shows that simple measures for disaster preparedness, like early warning alerts, elevated homes or providing boats, can make all the difference between saving and losing lives, homes and livelihoods,” Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said. “We see disaster risk reduction as an investment, not as a cost: in fact, a euro spent on preparing for disasters saves €7 responding to them,” she argued. DIPECHO projects include reinforcing infrastructure, training, awareness-raising, establishing or improving local early-warning systems and contingency planning.