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4th steering committee of the Paré pas Paré project attended by all partners

[17 April 2018]

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On 4 April 2018, PIROI held the Fourth Steering Committee of the Paré pas Paré project. The French Red Cross-PIROI met with all partners to review Paré pas Paré and Inondation Nout kartié lé paré project developments since last year’s meeting, and to discuss prospects for 2018–2019.

This steering committee also led to the signature of an agreement between the Cité du Volcan volcano museum and PIROI, which marked the official launch of a promising partnership.

Summary of activities

The Paré pas Paré project, aimed at reducing the vulnerability of local communities exposed to natural risks, and mitigating disaster impact, has been underway in Reunion Island since 2011. During the current 2017–2018 school year more than 7,400 young people have been reached in 97 partner schools and at 7 public events.

As for the Inondation, Nout kartié lé paré flood outreach project, after running for 10 months it came to an end in March 2018. This particular initiative aimed to increase community services’ awareness of risks, and to prepare local communities to adopt appropriate behaviour to deal with a specific flood risk. During its 10 months in operation the project helped raise long-term awareness about flooding among more than 860 people. You can find out more about the Inondation Nout kartié lé paré project here.

What’s new for the 2018/2019 school year?

Thanks to the ongoing commitment of our institutional partners (Regional Board of Education, Indian Ocean Civil Protection Force Staff (EMZPCOI), Directorate for Environment, Planning Development & Housing (DEAL), Reunion Island’s Regional Council), and technical partners (French Geological Survey (BRGM), Piton de la Fournaise Volcano Observatory (OVPF), ONF Forestry Commission, Météo France weather services, Cité du Volcan, SDIS Fire and Rescue Service, and the Reunion Island Agency for Observation, Planning and Housing (AGORAH)) to the Paré pas Paré project, new initiatives will be launched during the next school year. Some of these are as follows:

  • Junior secondary schools are to be included in the initiative; some future Paré pas Paré project activities will be aimed at 11-year old pupils.
  • The use of a new outreach format: school-based interventions will be complemented by the Les rendez-vous de Timoun through awareness-raising activities to be undertaken all throughout the year.
  • The creation of new tools for public outreach.
  • The integration of new topics into awareness sessions: climate change, health risks, etc.
  • Development of specific training courses (Behaviour to adopt in a flooded environment, Natural risks, etc.) intended for a wider range of publics.
  • Participation in the Volcano Game Jam organised by the Cité du Volcan and the Bouftang collective, aimed at creating a serious game on natural risks