ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – On Thursday, the Kurdistan Region’s Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), in coordination with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), completed the fourth phase of natural and man-made crisis response training.
Hoshang Mohammed, Director-general of the JCC, told Kurdistan 24, “We formed a team consisting of representatives from the ministry of interior, civil defense, NGOs, and municipalities and initiated the training in 2018 in a joint project with Germany.”
Mohammed also said “we wanted to develop local expertise in a Training of Trainers (TOT) benefitting from the German experience in Disaster and Risk management on the governorate, district, and sub-district level to be able to conduct training for our teams and develop the capability and experience in the field of crisis management of the Kurdistan Region.”
“Our team has participated in several workshops and training with our partner, THW, which operates under the German Ministry of Interior, and provided the trainings as well as funding the project both in Germany and Erbil,” added Mohammed.
The official also affirmed that in a meeting today with the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Interior, the German representatives welcomed the Council of Ministers’s decision to establish a humanitarian emergency response fund in the Kurdistan Region, offering their support for the initiative.
The Kurdistan Region in the past few years has witnessed a large influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in a humanitarian crisis that rocked Iraq and Syria following the takeover of large parts of both countries by the Islamic State.
The JCC is a crisis response center the KRG established to coordinate between the relevant government stakeholders and respond to the humanitarian crisis gripping the Kurdistan Region. Its mandate is to prepare and coordinate between the KRG’s ministries and institutions to respond to any natural and man-made disasters in the Kurdistan Region.
Editing by Nadia Riva