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The "Environmental nongovernmental organizations and public authorities - together for preventing disasters" National Round Table

The "Environmental nongovernmental organizations and public authorities - together for preventing disasters" National Round Table took place on July 18th 2007, in Bucharest and was organized by ALMA-RO Association and TERRA Mileniul III Foundation in collaboration with The Institution of the Prefecture of Bucharest and supported by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bucharest. This round table is one of the activities developed during the implementation of "The NGO network for disaster prevention" project.

The event was addressed to the representatives of NGOs and those of the public administrations who attended a first part of presentations regarding the project, the collaboration of The Institution of the Prefecture of Bucharest with the civil society and the NGO network for disaster prevention and a debate concerning the collaboration between the public authorities and the nongovernmental organizations, in their attempt to make their initiatives more visible and to find solutions for preventing disasters.

Participants: 

The event gathered 33 persons who represented:

  • the nongovernmental organizations;
  • the public administrations:
    • The Institution of the Prefecture of Bucharest;
    • The General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations;
    • The Ministry of Interior and Administration Reform;
    • The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development;
    • The Inspectorate of Emergency Situations of Bucharest;
    • The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bucharest;
    • The Romanian Waters National Administration;
    • The Central State Office for Special Problems.

The event agenda:

  • Presentations:
    • Opening speech delivered by the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bucharest;
    • The presentation of the president of ALMA-RO Association on the project;
    • The presentation of the prefect of Bucharest on the collaboration between the the Institution of the Prefecture of Bucharest and the civil society for disaster prevention;
    • The presentation of the president of TERRA Mileniul III Association on The NGO Network for Disaster Prevention.
  • Debate:
    • The collaboration/partnership between the public authorities and the (environmental) nongovernmental organizations for disaster prevention.
Conclusions:
  • Becoming aware of the importance of partnerships between NGOs and public authorities, insisting on the complementarity of the activities developed by all these actors;
  • The importance of the informational and awareness activities in the prevention process, as an advantage for the NGOs in their collaboration with the public authorities;
  • The effects on NGOs of not being able to access directly the structural funds;
  • Establishing meetings and periodical information actions between the NGOs and the representatives of the Ministry of Environment and the others public institutions to consult each other on the plans elaborated, the proposals and the strategies;
  • Informing the children about the environmental problems by introducing compulsory curricula on the matter in their school program, as well as educating the adults in the same spirit.


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