The Disaster Risk Reduction Programme (DRRIII) in Armenia and Georgia, supported by the
European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has been lead
by the Danish Red Cross for the past four years. Throughout the previous years of the programme
there have been such a number of unplanned successes that the implementation team gave them
the name ‘agents for change’. Before the third phase of the programme commenced this month
more of these ‘agents for change’ stories continued to flow to the Georgia Red Cross Society
Disaster Management Team desk. The theme of the recent ‘agents for change’ activities is tree
As reported by the Georgia Red Cross Society: In Oni region on 29-30th of April 2014 was carried
action of planting trees (150 overall) in place where was landslides and vulnerability of further
landslides, we Georgian Red Cross Society’s Oni branch was invited to take part in this action with
the local Governor (gamgeoba) employers, our volunteers took part also and were very actively
taking part to plant tree and avoid further disasters. It was great moment and our Governor sad that
they are going to make this like activity and to call us.
In a nearby location of Ambrolouri, with blessing of our Patriarch Ilia II(Ilia the second) and with the
Premier Minister’s order in Ambrolauri municipality territory was planted trees (1500
overall).Regional Governors’ deputy contacted to us to take part in this action of planting trees.
This action took place where was possibility of landslides. We were very happy to take part in it and
it was the first time for us to be called on such activity. this happened while was Red Cross week
(1-8 of may 2014) our volunteers actively took part in this action and were very pleased.