Main Regional Programmes / Initiatives and Synergies with IPA FLOODS Programme

IPA FLOODS is establishing linkages and developing synergies with some among the main Regional Programmes and Initiatives active within the Western Balkans Region and Turkey. The main mutual benefit from these synergies is an enhanced visibility of all actors and stakeholders active in the Region and a considerablereinforcement of the networking among the representatives from Programme Beneficiaries, these Programmes/Initiatives and the IPA FLOODS Programme itself.

Some of them are encouraged to participate in the Steering Groups and other relevant Programme events/meetings to ensure a timely exchange of information.

download (1)Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South Eastern Europe – DPPI SEE

At the initiative of the countries from SEE, in November 2000 the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative was launched by the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe in order to contribute to the development of a cohesive regional strategy for disaster preparedness and prevention. With the signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding on the Institutional Framework of the DPPI SEE in 2007, the SEE countries reaffirmed their commitment to regional cooperation in the respective field and took over the management of the Initiative while also ensuring the provision of material resources to its Secretariat (based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina), the act that provided for a full regional ownership of the Initiative. With seven out of ten DPPI SEE member countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) holding the status of the IPA FLOODS Beneficiaries and while also considering the relevance of the DPPI SEE’s principle objectives to the IPA FLOODS Programme, namely in contributing to the institutional capacity building of disaster management organisations to enhance disaster prevention and preparedness in the countries of the SEE region, ever since the IPA FLOODS inception phase, the Programme Consortium has maintained mutual coordination and synergies with the DPPI SEE thereby recognising the importance of its advisory role in the implementation of the Programme activities within the Beneficiaries. Further forms of cooperation will be explored throughout the Programme implementation period notably to facilitate the cooperation among IPA FLOODS Beneficiaries. More information on the DPPI SEE can be found on

International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC)

The ISRBC has been established to support the implementation of the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin (FASRB), namely the provision of cooperation of the Parties to the FASRB, for realisation of the following goals:

  • Establishment of an international regime of navigation on the Sava River and its navigable tributaries, which includes provision of conditions for safe navigation on the Sava River and its tributaries;
  • Establishment of sustainable water management, which includes cooperation on management of the Sava River Basin water resources in a sustainable manner, including integrated management of surface and ground water resources;
  • Undertaking of measures to prevent or limit hazards, such as floods, ice, droughts and accidents involving substances hazardous to water, and to reduce or eliminate related adverse consequences.

By being part of the IPA FLOODS Steering Group, ISRBC will facilitate networking among the Programme Beneficiaries, in particular with those that are members of the Commission as well (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia), and the Members of the Programme Consortium (Croatia for IPA FLOODS Lot 1 and Slovenia), through its channels, primarily by facilitating the presentation of results of the project to its relevant expert groups. Possible ISRBC and IPA FLOODS rooms for cooperation are related to the establishment of border-crossing/Host Nation Support protocols, the activity foreseen under Activity 1 – Lot 1 of IPA FLOODS (link to Activity 1 description) and the technical assistance missions related to flood risk assessments that Activity 2 (link to Activity 2 description) of Lot 1 will provide to the Beneficiaries.

ICPARInternational Commission for the Protection of the Danube River – ICPDR

RCCRegional Cooperation Council – RCC