Cooperation on disaster risk management
By Anne Eckstein | Friday 15 June 2012
Under a project officially launched on 15 June by Kristalina Georgieva, the commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, China will benefit from European expertise in strengthening its national system of disaster risk management.
In November 2010, in the presence of Commissioner Georgieva and State Counsellor Ma Kai, the EU and the government of China signed a €6 million financing agreement to establish the EU-China Disaster Risk Management project. The funds are allocated under the financing instrument for development cooperation (DCI). China is providing €3 million of in-kind support to the project. It will be implemented by a European consortium selected after a call for direct grant proposals. The project is closely supervised by the EU Delegation in Beijing. It will allow both sides to develop much closer dialogue and cooperation, will help China to reinforce its national disaster risk management systems, and will allow decision makers and administrations in China to deal with the challenges of disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and post-disaster management.
The project will result in regular real-time exchanges on capacity-building and science and technology, including on early warning and forecast tools. Between 1995 and 2010, the EU provided €25.8 million in response to floods, snow storms, droughts and earthquakes that hit China.