On November 19, 2019, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) signed the project according to which the city of Batumi will be provided with a new fire engine. The project on Provision of Fire Engine for Batumi City aims to contribute to the strengthening of the emergency response capacity in Georgia. Mentioned activity is being implemented within the cooperation of the GGP Grassroots Human Security Grant Program of the Embassy of Japan in Georgia and the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Center.
The event was hosted by the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Tadaharu Uehara and attended by the high-level representatives of the government of Georgia, regional, municipal governance, and representatives of civil society, including Ioseb Chelidze – Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Teimuraz Mghebrishvili – head of the Subordinated State Entity Emergency Management Service of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, and Vano Grigolashvili – RDFG Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Center chairman.
Since 2011, RDFG established a Disaster Risk Reduction Center to enhance resilience of communities and promote culture of prevention through provision of awareness raising, capacity building and technical assistance in the field of DRR/DM to local communities, state and non-state actors. Within the abovementioned pillars, the DRR Center is focusing its efforts on school-based disaster risk reduction, local communities/municipalities DM/DRR capacity building and strengthening national emergency management system/structures.
The establishment and operation of DRR Center provides contribution to the processes of improvements and protection of natural environment, safe social infrastructure and the formation of informed and prepared communities that will lead to the increased resiliencies of communities and further sustainable development of Georgian society.
Nina Kopaleishvili – Communications Officer, RDFG