The World Bank is providing technical assistance aimed at improving the effectiveness of the joint flood management of the countries cooperating in the Sava River basin. This technical assistance is provided through Improvement of joint flood management actions in the Sava River Basin Project financed under the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF). The Project consists of two components:

  1. Preparation of a joint Flood Risk Management Plan in the Sava River Basin (Sava FRMP) and
  2. Establishment of a Flood Forecasting and Warning System (FFWS) in the Sava River Basin.

The Project is particularly important because it directly supports the achievement of objectives of the Protocol on the Flood Protection (Protocol) to the Framework Agreement of the Sava River Basin (FASRB), which entered into force on 27 November 2015. Preparation of the Sava FRMP provides an essential policy guidance and operational advice on enhancing convergence with the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive (FD).

The Sava FRMP is aiming, inter alia, to:

  • Set up common objectives of managing the flood risk at the SRB level based on a long-term sustainable approach; and
  • Ensure a consistent and coordinated approach to flood risk management in the basin.

This is an important key step in fulfilling the provisions of the Protocol by cooperating on basis of the FD, taking into account the Action Program for Sustainable Flood Protection in the Danube River Basin and Flood Risk Management Plan for the Danube River Basin. This process, coordinated by the ISRBC, complements actions of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), in the similar manner as previously performed in the Sub-basin Level Flood Action Plan for Sava River Basin (2009), as well as in relation to the Danube and Sava River Basin Management Plans (2015).

Sava FRMP assesses flood risks and their impact in the transboundary context, as well as proposes joint measures timing and modes of implementation. ISRBC shall regularly review progress in implementation of the measures at the national level, and collect information for the updates in the following 6-year reporting cycle.

The overall objective of the Preparation of the joint Sava FRMP project is to improve the quality and effectiveness of joint flood and drought management, and forecasting capacities in the Sava River Basin. The project aims at fostering cooperation among the countries which share the basin, and at creating the conditions for sustainable flood protection. Sava FRMP ensures a coordinated planning of measures and supports implementation of the joint activities of the countries cooperating under the umbrella of ISRBC. It defines priority measures having in mind population, economic activities including infrastructure, environment and cultural heritage, in accordance with the EU water acquis. Sava FRMP ensures implementation of the principle of solidarity and the “no harm rule”, so that measures planned for the territory of one country may not, by their magnitude or impact, significantly increase the flood risk on the territory of another country.

Geographically, the project covers the area of Sava River Basin.

The project should provide the following results:

  • Sava FRMP, including a summary of measures with related components and accompanying documents (in accordance with the Program for Development of the Flood Risk Management Plan in the Sava River Basin). Sava FRMP is being prepared in close cooperation with the ISRBC, and coordination with the Secretariat and leading expert support of the Permanent Expert Group for Flood Protection (PEG FP);
  • Public participation and consulatation process;
  • A follow-up strategy with priority activities to guide the work of ISRBC and Parties from the first to the second Sava FRMP (due for 2021).

The project is supported by the World Bank and implemented by the consulting company EPTISA Servicios de Ingeneria, S.L. (Spain) in coordination and cooperation with the International Sava River Basin Commission.

This micro web-site has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Western Balkans Joint Fund under the Western Balkans Investment Framework. The views expressed herein are those of the Project Consultant and can therefore in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the Contributors to the European Western Balkans Joint Fund or the EBRD and the EIB, as co-managers of the European Western Balkans Joint Fund.