SOFIA, December 6, 2019 − The World Bank will provide advisory services to support the Government of Bulgaria -through the Ministry of Interior - to increase efficiency of the national disaster risk management system. A contract for the provision of Reimbursable Advisory Services was signed today by Mladen Marinov, Minister of Interior, and Fabrizio Zarcone, World Bank Country Manager for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
Under the contract, the World Bank will support the Government in the following main areas:
- Development of a diagnostic and roadmap highlighting necessary actions to strengthen disaster risk management (DRM)
- Collection of historical damage and loss data and development of concept for future collection
- Development of a proposal for the National disaster risk profile of Bulgaria
- Development of a report with a proposal for a National Disaster Risk Management Plan for Bulgaria
These activities will further strengthen Bulgaria’s existing system for disaster preparedness and response, while recognizing the urgent need to accelerate measures and investments to cope with increasing disaster and climate risks.
The World Bank will bring its international experience in developing robust assessments of disaster risks, designing prioritized investments to protect lives and property, and building financial resilience to costly disaster recovery and reconstruction. Ultimately, the support of the World Bank will result in the development of a National Disaster Risk Management Plan.
“The World Bank has been partnering with Bulgaria to preserve the country’s natural assets and to build resilience to climate change. This new engagement continues this partnership with a special focus on protecting people and their wellbeing and reducing the economic impact of disasters. We are honored to bring the World Bank’s global knowledge, experience, and best international examples of disaster risks management to the benefit of all Bulgarian citizens,” said Fabrizio Zarcone, World Bank Country Manager for Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
The agreement signed today needs parliamentary ratification to take effect. The analytical work undertaken by the World Bank will be the property of the Bulgarian government.