On January 27-29, 2012, the Center for East-European and Asian Studies organized the international conference entitled ”Early Recovery and Consequence Management in the Aftermath of Natural and Man-Made Disasters in the Greater Black Sea Area”, in the framework of CRISHOPE Project, financed by the Black Sea Trust/German Marshall Fund.
The conference was attended by Mihail Ionescu – The Director of the Center for East-European and Asian Studies, Iulian Fota – Presidential Adviser for National Security and Vice-president of BSCSIF, Ambassador Traian Chebeleu – Deputy Secretary General of BSEC, Go Funai – UNDP Counselor in Ukraine, researchers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Romania, USA and Turkey. The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea was represented by Felicia Scoarţă – Advisor of the Secretary General, Luiza Popa – Advisor of the Vice-president Iulian Fota, Mihai Sandu – coordinator of the project team and Andrada Dinu – member of the project team.
The main goal of the event and of the CRISHOPE project is to help the countries in the Black Sea region to reduce their vulnerability to disasters, by developing comprehensive and coordinated approaches to early recovery and consequence management in the aftermath of disasters. These include developing and implementing transparent legislation, developing national strategies and policies for disaster relief, involving the civil society and increasing its role – non-governmental organizations, mass-media, private companies and citizens –, as well as ensuring information and experience exchanges between the Black Sea countries.