Throughout 2015 ESB has been working closely with its partners with the goal of strengthening environmental emergencies preparedness in Armenia, a country located in one of the most seismically dangerous zones on the globe. Back in January, during a mission to Armenia the Flash Environmental Assessment Tool (FEAT) was tested for national hazard identification and mapping, prioritization and preparedness planning. A number of follow-up activities and country missions have been conducted since.

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After ESB delivered an awareness-raising training on Environmental Emergencies and the use of FEAT for national responders and environmental experts, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations requested a Training of Trainers (ToT) course for the teaching staff of its Crisis Management State Academy. Over 120 representatives of rescue service and emergency authorities have been trained on environmental emergency preparedness and the use of FEAT since October. The way forward was discussed by Mr. Ørjan Karlsson, the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies, and Mr. Armen Yeritsyan, the Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations of Armenia, during Mr. Karlsson’s visit to Armenia in November.

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For more details on the training programmes implemented in Armenia, please consult the Environmental Emergencies Centre and DRR National Platform website.