European Commission — Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
Principal Office: International
The European Union responds to natural and human-caused disasters through the EC’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO).
ECHO directs humanitarian aid to developing countries, and it extends measures for civil protection to EU countries and other countries.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
The EU’s international cooperation for disaster response extends across the EU candidate countries, EU neighborhood countries, and other third countries. Moreover, the EU works through regional initiatives, and it collaborates with international organizations, in matters of responding to natural and human-caused disasters.
ECHO provides emergency responses after disasters occur, and it supports programs to prevent and mitigate them.
1 – Civil Protection Mechanism (Disaster Response). This is the EU’s instrument to facilitate assistance in the event of major emergencies that require urgent responses. Examples are forest fires, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, marine oil spills, and others.
2 — Disaster Preparedness. ECHO funds the Civil Protection Financial Instrument to reinforce international cooperation in civil protection. In addition to courses and exercises, the program provides for cross-country exchange of experts in civil protection. Participants in training and exchanges are from EU countries, as well as from third countries, according to the objectives of annual work plans.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
ECHO’s website is available in English and French.
ECHO posts calls for proposals.
Vademecum is a summary of ECHO’s role in civil protection.
The EC funds humanitarian assistance through about 200 partner organizations. They are civil society organizations in the EU countries, together with several United Nations agencies and international organizations (e.g., Red Cross and Red Crescent societies).
ECHO posts an email contact form.
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