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Webinar on European training and certification procedures for DRM

7 June, the LACER Project hosted a webinar on the European Union training and certification procedures for competencies in disaster risk management. The briefing attracted more than 40 participants from ASEAN member states, the ASEAN Secretariat, AHA Centre and EU experts in the field of DRM.

“Engaging dialogue”, “an interesting sharing of experiences between ASEAN and EU”, and a “useful opening of a new channel of communication” were just some of the reflections shared following the LACER webinar on the European Union training and certification procedures for competencies in disaster risk management held on 7 June.

Frederik Zäll (MIBA) the Head of National and International Training and Exercises (MSB) provided a briefing on how the European Commission certifies modules in the ECPP pool, followed by a review of the respective roles of national and regional authorities in the certification process. This introduction laid the ground for colleague Anna Gustavsson´s presentation on how the sophisticated EU training programs meet multiple DRM needs across a wide range of functional competencies. Anna further described how the training must be flexible to meet the various needs which arise within the ERCC toolbox (i.e. needs for individual EUCP experts, needs to staff modules, and needs connected to RescEU capacities). Gender equality in recruitment, training, and deployment is a key input for Sweden´s contribution to the EU training and certification procedures. 

Andrew Mardanugraha, head of the ASCEND project (ASEAN Standardization and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management), helpfully explained ASEAN´s approach to training and certification, which is a twofold system focused firstly on ensuring individual competencies to meet first responder needs in the national disaster management context and secondly competencies related to regional needs such as staffing ASEAN-ERAT deployable teams which manage assessment and coordination of regional responses.

A warm thanks to all for this beneficial mutual exchange!