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18 Jan 2017 description

(pursuant to Article 287(4), second subparagraph, TFEU)

Executive summary

I Disasters can strike anywhere, anytime. The human, environmental and economic impact of disasters, whether natural or man made, can be considerable. When a disaster occurs, the reaction must be swift. Sound disaster management saves lives, and effective coordination among different responders is critical to the successful preparation for and response to disasters.

28 Nov 2016 description
report GFDRR


In May 2014, unprecedented rainfall in Bosnia and Herzegovina affected more than 1 million people (25% of the population), and the resulting heavy flooding caused estimated damages and losses equivalent to nearly 15% of the country’s GDP. In a country where one fifth of the workforce is employed in agriculture, river floods inundated newly-plowed fields and ravaged 81 municipalities, severely disrupting the economy and imperiling livelihoods.

09 Sep 2016 description

Floods in 2014 have been disastrous for the Western Balkan. UNDP is very glad to present to you the Human Development Report on Disaster Risk Reduction with a specific focus in Western Balkan titled: Risk-Proofing the Western Balkans: Empowering People to Prevent Disasters. Kosovo is frequently affected from floods which lead to tremendous damages and economic losses. Flood early warning system is not functional in Kosovo and Kosovo Institute of Hydrometeorology needs significant support for building technical and human capacity to be able to operationalize the flood early warning system.

08 Sep 2016 description

“With no warning, the water came at 5am…”

For Zeljko Cejic, an engineer in Banja Luka, the lack of advance notice meant there was no time to plan. His wife Natasa, daughter Sofia (then 6) and son Phillip (3 months) escaped through Sofia’s bedroom window.

“My uncle came and carried me. I remember the water was really dirty and I did not want to drop in because I was afraid I would disappear,” Sophia remembers.

12 Jul 2016 description

Enhancing hydro-meteorological monitoring in Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Vrbas River Basin

“With no warning, the water came at 5am…”

For Zeljko Cejic, an engineer in Banja Luka, the lack of advance notice meant that wife Natasa and daughter Sofia (then 6), son Phillip (then 3 months) had to escape via Sofia’s bedroom window.

“My uncle came and carried me. I remember the water was really dirty and I did not want to drop in because I was afraid I would disappear.”

08 Jul 2016 description

This disaster risk financing country note provides an overview of the way Serbia currently finances the costs of natural disasters. Having sufficient access to financial instruments and resources in order to respond to disasters is crucial for building the financial resilience of the country and minimizing the negative impact of natural disasters on Serbia’s economic growth.

The report provides:

•the background and country context, including the recent economic impacts of disasters;

21 May 2016 description

Report calls for building disaster risk into development efforts

Sarajevo, 20 May 2016 – Two years after massive flooding caused widespread devastation and loss of life in the Western Balkans, countries in the sub-region have taken steps to reduce the risk of disasters but more will need to be done to protect people from future destruction, according to the Human Development Report for the Western Balkans, launched here today.

10 May 2016 description

By Eveline Studer, Nicole Clot and Zenebe Uraguchi

27 Mar 2016 description

Heavy floods and landslides in Bosnia Herzegovina shifted minefields and explosive remnants of war (ERW) into inhabited areas. The Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA) team worked with the Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre (BHMAC) to use drone images that would help model the potential locations of some of the many displaced ERWs and mines. These models then were used to narrow down the search radius for demining teams.


01 Mar 2016 description

Agricultural producers in seven municipalties of eastern Serbia will receive help in the coming months from the European Union – working in partnership with FAO – as part of the EU’s overall flood recovery programme for the country. A day-long workshop taking place here today will review the first phase of the programme’s assistance to agriculture and describe next steps.

Eastern Serbia is home to some of the country’s least developed areas, and many farms there suffered damage from landslides and silting following the 2014 spring floods.

28 Jan 2016 description

Norwegian Ambassador to BiH Vibeke Lilloe and UN Resident Coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu visited today participants of the rehabilitated milk sub-sector value chain in Zenica-Doboj Canton and the Health Care Centre in Doboj as examples of the UN Floods Recovery Programme activities funded by the Norwegian Government and aimed at economic recovery and rehabilitation of public institution and services they provide.

“Bosnia and Herzegovina needed assistance to recover from the devastating floods in May 2014 and we did our best to help,” said Ambassador Lilloe.

24 Dec 2015 description

A ceremony has been organised to mark the completion of installation of concrete barriers along the Bosna River in Doboj today. The works were completed under the UNDP project "Support to Flood Recovery and Risk Mitigation in BiH" aiming to mitigate flood risks for 4500 households.

03 Dec 2015 description

On Friday, November 27th 2015, we marked the completion of rehabilitation of the landslide in the municipality of Vogošća in village Dreskovača, which includes 57 households. Last year's heavy rains caused landslides and resulted in danger of landslides for Dreskovača, and the lack of adequate sewage system significantly increased the risk of landslides.

30 Nov 2015 description

Description of the disaster

Torrential rainfalls began in Serbia on 13 May 2014, with rainfalls in two days’ time equalling to two months` average precipitation as a result of a low-pressure area that formed over the Adriatic Sea due to polar air from Central Europe meeting with the humid subtropical air of the Mediterranean basin. The floods and landslides caused 51 casualties, 23 of which were people who drowned. A national state of emergency was declared on 15 May 2014 by the Government of Serbia.

24 Nov 2015 description
report Transitions Online

Last year’s floods were the worst in 30 years, made even more damaging by a combination of institutional inefficiency and changing weather patterns.

by Semir Mujkic

24 November 2015

Rajko Duranovic is one of thousands of homeowners whose lives have been devastated by the floods which hit Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014.

10 Nov 2015 description

Project Snapshot:

Total Funding: $2 million

Project Duration: April 2015-March 2016

Geographic Coverage: Municipalities in the Federation of BiH (FBiH): Domaljevac, Gradačac, Kalesija, Odžak, Travnik and Tuzla Municipalites in Republika Srpska (RS): Bijeljina, Doboj, Lopare, Modriča and Šamac

Implementing Partners: UN Development Program (UNDP), Solidarity Fund of Republika Srpska, Fund for Support to the Areas Affected by Natural Disasters in the FBiH, local governments, Open Network NGO and Hastor Foundation

30 Oct 2015 description

The local water supply system “Gašića vrelo” in Krupa na Vrbasu, supplying drinking water to 1,300 households in Banja Luka, Kneževo and Čelinac, has been put into operation earlier today. The system was destroyed by the last year’s floods and was repaired as part of the project “Support to Flood Recovery and Risk Mitigation in BiH”, funded by the British Government and implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.