On 20 March 2012 the PPRD South National Correspondents gathered in Rome for their 8th meeting to report and discuss on the below activities, which took place during the last five months of the PPRD South I Programme:
The presentation on the results of the PPRD South I communication test on how to activate the European Mechanism of Civil Protection in case of a Tsunami , which was done on 11 December 2012 has allowed to draw lessons learned for future simulation exercise. First of all, the test showed the importance of having clearer roles and procedures at national at international level to ensure smoother and more targeted delivery of alert messages.
The illustration of the results of the technical assistance action in Tunisia of 5-7 March 2013, on the development of the national civil protection operational room, has opened the way for the Moroccan and Algerian National Correspondents to invite the Tunisian Deputy General Director to visit respectively the new national operational room of the Moroccan Civil Protection and the geographical information sector of the Algerian Civil Protection. The Algerian National Correspondent and the French PPRD South Co-Director also invited the Tunisian National Correspondent to use, through them, the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" to get updated satellite pictures of the country.
The illustration of the activities and results of the study visit to Israel of 26-28 February 2013 by four key officers of the Albanian Civil Protection allowed underlining the importance of the technical exchanges as gateways to regional dialogue. The presentation of the achievements by the Egyptian Civil Protection during the National Correspondents meeting in the field of inter-institutional risk information exchange stressed the necessity of continuous cooperation to underpin the sustainability of national efforts.
Finally the review of the outcomes of the regional workshop on environmental emergencies reconfirmed the importance of establishing cooperation actions with other international disaster risk management players so as to increase the value and the effectiveness of complementary initiatives.