Defending against floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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13.05.2019

Flood management in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Five years ago, flooding in the Vrbas River Basin devastated Bosnia and Herzegovina. As climate change makes such extreme weather ever-more likely, the small country is making sure it's better prepared.

Project goal: Flood protection and adaptation to climate change-related extreme weather in the Vrbas River Basin

Project details: Development of an early-warning system and emergency response plans, reduction of flood risk through construction, as well as management and disaster response training

Partner: Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Spatial Planning, Construction, and Ecology of Republika Srpska, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Water-Management and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska, Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism

Project duration: March 2015 - March 2020, with continuation under consideration

Catastrophic floods in 2014 forced 90,000 people to relocate, killed more than 20 and left Bosnia and Herzegovina traumatized. The scale of the damage was so extreme the small country's economy shrank by 15%. And climate change is only expected to bring more extreme weather, and more devastating high waters. Now, for the first time, Bosnia and Herzegovina is to have a flood management system to avoid a repeat of the devastation five years ago. The project could provide a model for other vulnerable areas in the region.

A film by Marion Hütter 

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