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Joint efforts against natural disasters

What’s the goal?

The overall objective of the project is to ensure rapid interaction and cross-border cooperation in case of emergencies caused by natural or man-made disasters.

What’s the budget?

937,151.73 euro, out of which 796,578.96 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Beneficiary (LB): Mezdra Municipality (Bulgaria)

Beneficiary 2 (B2): Mehedinti County Gendarmerie Inspectorate (Romania)

When is it happening?

Start date: 13.09.2018

End date: 12.09.2022

Duration: 48 months

Where is it happening?

Mehedinti (Romania)

Vratsa (Bulgaria)

How is it going to happen?

  • the development of well-structured joint action plans and strategies;
  • coordination of joint initiatives, such as: exchange of know-how, training, exchange of resources and equipment;
  • permanent monitoring of the current situation and identification of potential risks;
  • involving the population by providing information about appropriate behavior and possible risks so that they can be avoided and minimized;
  • introducing measures and rules to prevent natural and man-made hazards at local and cross-border levels;
  • the implementation of the early warning system, where this would lead to specific preventive actions;
  • modernizing the tools and equipment needed to carry out specific tasks and actions;
  • reconstruction of the landslide area. 

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 1 joint partnership in the field of joint early warning and emergency response, 22,000 people benefiting from risk management actions and flood protection measures, 385,000 people benefiting from forest fire protection measures.

Programme results: increasing the quality of joint risk management in the cross-border area.

Project status

The project is completed and all project related activities have been completed.

LB, the Municipality of Mezdra, has completed the implementation of work activities for the consolidation and reconstruction of an area where landslides are registered, along the route of the road connecting the villages of Zverino and Ignatitsa. The use permit was issued on February 28, 2020 by the National Directorate for Construction Control in Bulgaria. LB completed the information campaign among representatives of the municipal administration, representatives of the state administration at the local level, municipal structures, teachers from schools and kindergartens. LB also developed the "Strategy and Joint Action Plan" in case of disasters.

B2, Mehedinti County Gendarmerie Inspectorate, purchased the following equipment for extinguishing forest fires: two 4x4 pick-up vehicles for actions in the field of extinguishing forest fires; a 6X4 multipurpose vehicle with crane; a mobile container for transporting materials (sand); a mobile container for transporting fire-fighting equipment; firefighting equipment, two glucometers, two first aid kits and a drone.

Also, within the project, on 23.08.2022, a joint partnership between the Municipality of Mezdra and the Inspectorate of Gendarmes Mehedinti was concluded in the field of early warning and response to emergency situations.

The project website is functional and can be accessed at:


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