Volunteer solidarity to fight against disasters

Apr 14, 2023Climate Action, Inspiring initiative

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ACCTING aims to understand the impact of Green Deal policies on vulnerable groups, prevent inequalities, and produce knowledge and innovations to advance behavioural change at individual and collective levels for an inclusive and equal European Green Deal. This bottom-up initiative was collected by Martin Felix Gajdusek within ACCTING’s mapping of inspiring practice cases, within the Valorising local knowledge on natural hazards Research Line. Read our report on all 693 mapped initiatives.


National Association of Volunteers, Bulgaria

The National Association of Volunteers (NAVRB) was established in the Republic of Bulgaria in 2014. The project aims to assist professional services in risk prevention and disaster management through building, maintaining and developing a network of passionate volunteers.

Leading a culture of risk management

The organisation serves as a communication and coordination hub between the regional and national institutions, the local authorities and the volunteer groups. The association’s collaborative approach has been a key to risk effectiveness and a significant win for NAVRB; the team has led a culture of risk management through launching a campaign to attract like-minded volunteers from all sectors. To ensure that all members acquire the required knowledge and improve the cross-border response capacity, experts provided extensive practical training courses, and educational programmes.


Protecting the Most Vulnerable in Emergencies

To build resilient communities, the organisation invested significant resources and efforts in small villages as individuals with vulnerabilities demand more targeted assistance to remain safe and to prepare for, react to, and recover from, disaster events.

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