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Results so far : 8th Thematic Seminar organized in Gabrovo, Bulgaria in June, 2011

Date: 07-06-2011 - 08-06-2011
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Grabovo, Bulgaria


In June 2011, the eighth thematic seminar for the MiSRaR project will be organized in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. During this meeting best practices will be exchanged in the field of risk mitigating instruments.



In this report:website park: http://ppbulgarka.net/
Bulgarka Nature Park
‘Duga’ children’s crèche
Protection against water............
......and fire

Bulgarka Nature Park
The 3rd seminar was held in the city of Gabrovo, Bulgaria, in June. The subproject mitigation measures were rounded off at Gabrovo.

The trip to Gabrovo included a visit to the Bulgarka Nature Park, where mountain slopes that have been affected by landslides are being restored. Various techniques are being applied on these slopes with a view to enabling the flora to recover, while also preventing further erosion. Water management measures have also been introduced to prevent future landslides. This wildlife area was designated a national park in 2002. It occupies an area of some 22,000 hectares, which is a NATURA 2000 site. The group made a physical contribution towards the restoration of the area by planting trees. <<<

 ‘Duga’ children’s crèche
The participants also paid a visit to ‘Duga’ children’s crèche, where it attended a concluding lesson on safety. The local fire brigade and civil protection cooperate with parents and teaching staff in this project, which is designed to teach children in a rather playful manner what action they should take in the event of an earthquake, a flood or fire.
A general handbook on such matters can be consulted on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The lessons are part of broader programme designed to cover all school levels. <<<

Protection against water........
During the seminar, the risk of flooding due to high water levels on the River Yantra was discussed. The group participated in a lively debate concerning possible mitigation measures. An area of tension between safety and nature conservancy was revealed here, too. This is also the case in Epirus, where flooding of the River Kalamas caused considerable collateral damage. Various measures were discussed. Epirus admitted that its efforts to implement a suitable mitigation strategy were being hampered by a lack of funds and inability to properly assess the actual effects of measures.

Together with the colleagues from Aveiro, possible measures were discussed which might be implemented to either prevent flooding in and around the city or to minimise the repercussions. Prompted by discussions held during previous seminars, Aveiro has begun mapping its vulnerable infrastructure. As one of the challenges that Aveiro currently faces is that of setting up means of communication to warn its inhabitants, its representatives were particularly curious about the use of cell broadcasting and emergency transmitters discussed at a previous seminar.

ZHZ discussed the MARE project, which sets Dordrecht the objective of creating a climate-proof and self-sustaining island by implementing multi-layered safety. Dykes and dams on the rivers are to be combined with urban planning measures and the preparation of emergency services measures in order to cope with the rise in both sea and river levels that are expected to occur by 2050. <<<

......and fire
Forli presented its measures for the prevention of forest fires. Thanks to resources provided by the EU and regional funds, measures have been implemented which entail the (re)organisation of the internal structure of the forest. Fire brigade care is also to be improved. The province draws up a settlement plan every decade. In the process, it assesses the extent of resources required, while also compiling a list of priorities. However, it also has to take into account the environmental impact, given that the area is an N 2000 site.
The latest problem encountered is that of privately managed woodland. A European directive that obliges such private forestry firms to cooperate with government measures in the field, while also providing financial incentives, would greatly improve safety.

Tallinn set itself the target of improving fire safety in North Tallinn, a Natura 2000 site which contains many, often derelict, timber-built houses and is also. The houses in question are generally not inhabited by the owners, while there are no resources available to renovate them in compliance with the applicable historic buildings regulations, and many are not insured. There is therefore little interest in the implementation measures of among private parties. Improved legislation is being drafted with a view to obliging owners to take safety measures. <<<

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