PRO NEWS programme part of Europe Day celebrations

May 11, 2018 | By Genta Hoxha, Qendra Rajonale e Mjedisit (REC) Shqipëri

On Europe Day (9 May), the EU Delegation and Member States organized a series of festive activities, among which the EU Village, located in the center of Tirana, on the "Skanderbeg" Square.

All EU-funded projects in Albania participated in this activity. Distributed in different tents of the “village”, the projects presented the work done in accordance to relevant topics dedicated to environment, culture and education, economic development and agriculture, European citizenship, human rights and public services, etc.

Part of this fair was also the PRO NEWS program "Improving National Early Warning System and Flood Prevention in Albania", through a variety of materials and activities dedicated to early warning and undertaking appropriate measures to deal with danger in case of natural disasters, such as flooding. The slogan used in this day, the same time the slogan of the program's awareness campaign, is "Risk is not a chance, it's a choice!".

A special interest for the visitors aroused the meteorological station set up in the square to demonstrate continuous measurements of altitude and precipitation intensity, finding out real-time weather data. The children and 9-year-old pupils involved in the event became part of the board game, created as a learning tool on the various stages of flood risk management.

There were many people who completed the questionnaire on natural disasters and civil emergencies, which aims to assess risk awareness and understand how people perceive danger in case of a disaster. The attention of citizens who visited the EU village was drawn by the photos exhibition and historical reviews of the latest flood events in Albania designed with the aim of showing and remembering how often a natural disaster can occur in Albania and the consequences it can cause.

The participating organizations had the opportunity to discuss and share their project experiences in the corner of the EU speakers. The PRO NEWS program was introduced by Mr. Shemsi Prenci, General Director of Civil Emergencies, who emphasized the need to inform and raise awareness of the community regarding a natural disaster risk and prompt reaction.

The PRO NEWS program is implemented by a consortium of international institutions, including the Italian Civil Protection Department (DPC) as Program Coordinator, Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Croatia (DHMZ), CIMA Research Foundation, European Centre for Medium Weather Forecast (ECMWF), the Regional Environmental Center (REC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in cooperation with the General Directorate of Civil Emergencies from the Ministry of Defense in Albania, with the financial support of European Union.