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All four projects (PPRD Med - OSA - Multi-Country Study - IPA CAREfocus on different aspects of disaster prevention, preparedness, and response in the EU Southern countries and their neighboring regions. While each project has its unique objectives, they share a common goal of enhancing the resilience of these regions to natural and man-made disasters.

There are several synergies between these projects, including:

  1. Cross-project collaboration: Each project can leverage the findings, data, and expertise of the other projects to improve the overall outcome of their initiatives. For example, the findings from the multi-country study on main risks and capacities to respond to risks in EU Neighborhood & IPA beneficiaries can inform the work of PPRD Med and the capacity-building project on earthquake and health emergencies.

  2. Capacity building: The projects are all focused on enhancing the capacity of the EU Southern countries and their neighboring regions to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters. By working together, they can share best practices, expertise, and resources to maximize their impact.

  3. Technical assistance: The external technical on-site assistance project can provide support to the other projects by sharing technical expertise and providing on-the-ground support to local stakeholders.

  4. Focus on specific risks: While each project has its unique objectives, they all focus on specific risks that are common to the region, such as earthquakes, health emergencies, and other natural and man-made disasters. By working together, they can address these risks comprehensively and develop holistic approaches to disaster prevention and response.


Overall, the four projects can complement each other and work together towards a common goal of enhancing the resilience of the EU Southern countries and their neighboring regions to disasters.


The European Union

Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN)

Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE)

In addition to the projects mentioned above and funded by the European Commission DG ECHO, several projects under the CBRN CoE initiative led by the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) can substantially assist the PPRD Med project in the following ways:

  1. Information Exchange: By sharing lessons from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents, the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence can contribute practical insights that enhance disaster response strategies in the PPRD Med project. This cross-pollination of knowledge fosters adaptable approaches for a wide range of crisis scenarios.

  2. Capacity Building: The specialized expertise cultivated within the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence can be harnessed to strengthen disaster preparedness not only for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats but also for diverse disaster situations addressed by the PPRD Med project. This collaboration ensures a well-rounded skillset that can respond effectively to various complex challenges.

  3. Unified Risk Planning: By aligning risk assessment methodologies used in both projects, a more comprehensive understanding of disaster vulnerabilities emerges. Joint risk analysis efforts allow for the development of holistic response plans that account for various disaster types, resulting in better-informed decision-making during crises.

  4. Resource Efficiency: The resource allocation strategies honed by the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence can be adapted to optimize resource utilization in the context of broader disaster management scenarios within the PPRD Med project. Efficient distribution of assets, personnel, and supplies can significantly improve response effectiveness.

  5. Interdisciplinary Training: Collaborative training efforts draw from the multidisciplinary approach of the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence, benefiting stakeholders involved in disaster management within the PPRD Med project. This cross-training enhances coordination, communication, and understanding across different sectors, leading to more harmonious and effective response operations.

  6. Effective Communication: Communication strategies developed for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents by the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence can be shared with the PPRD Med project, leading to better crisis engagement and public awareness. This exchange of best practices ensures that accurate and timely information reaches affected communities during disasters.

  7. Innovation: Collaborative exploration of technological applications for data analysis, communication, and crisis response draws from the innovative practices of both projects. Joint efforts lead to the development of advanced tools and methods that facilitate real-time information sharing and decision-making, improving overall disaster management capabilities.

  8. Policy Frameworks: The policy and regulatory frameworks established by the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents can serve as adaptable models for the development of comprehensive disaster policies within the PPRD Med project. This collaboration ensures a unified and robust approach to disaster management at the policy level.

  9. Shared Lessons: The reciprocal exchange of experiences and lessons learned between the projects facilitates continuous improvement in disaster management strategies. Insights gained from both successes and challenges contribute to an evolving body of knowledge that informs better practices and approaches for future crisis scenarios.

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

PPRD Med will also leverage on research and innovation projects funded by the European Commission. Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.

Synergies with EU research and innovation projects

AI-OBSERVER - Enhancing Earth Observation (EO) capabilities of the Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) through Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI-OBSERVER is a Horizon Europe Twinning project (Grant Agreement No.: 101079468) that aims to significantly strengthen and stimulate the scientific excellence and innovation capacity, as well as the research management and administrative skills of the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (CoE), through several capacity building activities on AI for EO applications in the Disaster Risk Reduction thematic area, upgrading and modernising its existing department of Resilient Society, as well as its research management and administration departments, and assisting the ERATOSTHENES CoE to reach its long-term objective of raised excellence on AI for EO on environmental hazards.


A close and strategic partnership between the ERATOSTHENES CoE from Cyprus (Widening country) and two internationally top-class leading research institutions, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) from Germany and the University of Rome Tor Vergata from Italy, will be achieved, leading to a research exploratory project on the application of AI on EO for multi-hazard monitoring and assessment in Cyprus. 

The vision of the ERATOSTHENES, is to become within the next 7 years a world-class Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) for EO and Geospatial Information becoming the reference Centre in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa (EMMENA).

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