The Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Floods account for the major share of natural disasters in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The often disastrous trans-boundary effects of extreme flooding events on lives, properties and economic productivity in the region emphasize the need for improved measures for coordinated preparedness for response by neighbouring countries, including through cooperation with the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, and integrated flood risk management – encompassing prevention – as approached at EU level.
The Conclusions issued from the International Donors Conference for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina convened on May 2014 highlighted the necessity to implement flood prevention and flood risk management in line with the EU Floods Directive, cooperate regionally for river basin management and develop civil protection mechanisms.
The Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey (“The Programme” or “IPA FLOODS“) – funded by the European Commission,DG ECHO through the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) – is intended to increase Beneficiaries’ capacity to ensure proper flood risk management at national, regional and EU levels.

IPA FLOODS Beneficiaries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia (only for IPA FLOODS Lot 1), Kosovo*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.

The Programme is composed of two Lots: Lot 1 and Lot 2.

LOT 1

Lot 1 – started on 1 January 2015 and closed the 31 December 2016 – had a budget of almost 2 million EURO – and was aimed to:

  • increase Beneficiaries’ capability to develop effective national civil protection systems and collaborate in a coherent manner in dealing with floods at regional/European level;
  • support Beneficiaries in becoming better prepared to cope with the challenges posed by approximation to/implementation of the EU Floods Directive.

Key stakeholders of the action are Civil Protection Authorities and National agencies and institutions in charge for water management and flood risk prevention measures in the Beneficiaries.

LOT 2

Lot 2 – Grant Contract of almost 4 million EURO between implementing Consortium and EC DG ECHO – started on July 2015 and will be running until 30 January 2018, will contribute to increase Beneficiaries’ capability to develop effective national civil protection systems and collaborate in a coherent manner in dealing with floods at regional/European level (prevention, preparedness and response) by implementing Capacity building for flood preparedness and response throughestablishment of multinational civil protection modules for flood response – High Capacity Pumping (HCP) and Flood Containment (FC).
Target Groups of Lot 2 are the Disaster Management Authorities in the Beneficiaries.