The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is pleased to present its quarterly update for the period January to March 2015 in a modified format that reflects IDMC’s new strategic objectives and expected outcomes. 2015 is a transitional year for IDMC during which we will meet our running commitments and at the same time engage in activities within the new strategic framework. These reports will of course continue to keep you updated on progress made towards achieving our goals.
The Security Council in May would consider the growing threats faced by journalists around the world in addition to focusing on foreign terrorist fighters, small arms and a raft of ongoing situations of concern, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, President of the body for the month, said this afternoon.
The Red Cross programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) are aligned with the aims of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies` (IFRC) Strategy 2020 to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; enable healthy and safe living; and promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace. The capacity-building efforts of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) are specifically linked with Enabling Action One to build strong National Societies.
Summary of major changes made to the emergency plan of action:
An appeal of CHF 4,522,2351 was initially launched on 15 May 2014 with the start-up funding of CHF 334,013 allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to enable the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) to support preparedness activities for 40,000 people (10,000 households) and provide basic emergency relief items, psycho-social assistance and cash transfers as mode of assistance for shelter to those affected by the floods.
Workshop “Integrating Climate Change and Reducing the Risk of Flooding in the Vrbas River Basin” opened
Workshop “Integrating Climate Change and Reducing the Risk of Flooding in the Vrbas River Basin”, organised jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and the Environment of the Republika Srpska, has opened today, 29 April 2015, in Banja Luka.
Tools and equipment help families return home
“We are still afraid of new floods, even when there is only a light rain. That fear is not rational, but it’s here, especially for the children.”
April 2015—Where do you start when you’ve lost everything you own? What should you replace first—and how?
Although BiH is among the countries with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per capita in Europe, we are nonetheless vulnerable to climate change. It is evident that the nature around us is changing, with new challenges emerging. There are increasingly more days with tropical temperatures, as well as prolonged periods of drought and a change in the schedule and intensity of rainfall, which leads to flooding. Climate change also leads to reduced precipitation during the plant cultivation and increased frequency of adverse weather conditions (heat and cold waves, floods and droughts).
The Advisory Panel of the EU Floods Recovery Programme held its third meeting yesterday in Sarajevo to discuss the progress of the floods recovery efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, exchange information on the results achieved so far and discuss future activities. Special emphasis was placed on housing rehabilitation and mitigation of disaster risks in the housing sector, particularly the Floods and Landslides Housing Risk Assessment which is being developed under the auspices of the Programme.
SARAJEVO, 16 April 2015 - OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier concluded yesterday a three-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he met with high-level state officials, Srebenica municipal and religious leaders, and senior representatives of the international community.
On April 7th, 2015, Dr. Christian Hellbach, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Zahira Virani, Acting UNDP Resident Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed the contract of grant for the UNDP project "Urgent Action on Ammunition Destruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. During the ceremony the Ministry of Defence was represented by Mr. Boris Jerinić, Deputy Minister for Resources.
Donations of agricultural seeds, berry seedlings, bee hives, poultry, small and large cattle, financed by the Austrian Development Agency helped 2,424 agricultural producers in the flood-affected municipalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina recover their lives and livelihood security.
April 1 2015: A monthly selection of the best new research and resources on local peacebuilding worldwide, as chosen by Insight on Conflict. This month’s edition features articles on Syrian civil society, community-led resilience, and more. Sign up here to receive the newsletter by email each month.
Massimo Mina, Head of Operations for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross-Border Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dževad Mujkić, Mayor of Lukavac, officially opened a reconstructed bridge over the Bukovica River today, thereby reconnecting the local communities of Tumare and Panjik in the Lukavac Municipality.
Through its Economic Recovery component, the EU Floods Recovery Programme will provide grants to individuals who have suffered property damage as a result of May 2014 floods, with the aim of helping them recover their economic standing in selected local administration units (Maglaj, Odžak, Domaljevac-Šamac, Orašje, Tuzla, Sanski Most, Živinice, Zenica, Srebrenik, Lukavac, Žepče, Bijeljina, Šamac, Doboj, Prijedor, Banja Luka, Modriča, Laktaši, Srbac, Šekovići, Vukosavlje, Čelinac, Brčko).
Each user will receive the following starting package for agricultural production:
Tokyo – The Government of Japan is providing US$ 237.4 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.
Charge d'Affaires of the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr Renzo Daviddi visited the Vocational School “Tehnoloska skola” in Banja Luka today, which is currently being rehabilitated within the EU Floods Recovery Programme. EU's investment to the school's rehabilitation works comprises 77,000 EUR (150,400 KM) which covers joinery replacement and roof reparation.
March 20 2015: A recent peacebuilding conference in Israel discussed the role of culture and memory in peacebuilding. Nerkez Opačin argues that storytelling is vital to explaining the past for future generations, and reports on the unique way in which Sarejavans are remembering the victims of the Bosnian war.