Technology transfer for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin

What is the project about?

BiH is significantly exposed to the threats of climate change, but has very limited capacity to address and adapt to its negative impacts, in particular the frequency and magnitude of floods from its major rivers which have tripled in frequency in the last decade. The negative impacts of climate change particularly affect the vulnerable groups within the basin and key sectors such as agriculture and energy (hydropower). Vrbas River basin is characterized by a large rural population comprised of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in BiH, including war returnees and displaced people, with high exposure to flooding and its devastating impacts. In May 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced its worst flooding in 150 years which resulted in 23 deaths and 2.7 Billion USD worth of damages which is 15% of GDP, and is expected to result in a 1.1% contraction in the economy this year, compared to the growth of 2.2% that had been predicted before the flood.

The Project “Technology transfer for climate resilient flood management in Vrbas River Basin” will enable the government of BiH and communities of the Vrbas basin to adapt to flood risk through the transfer of adaptation technologies for climate resilient flood management and embark on climate resilient economic activities.

What we do?

Working closely with state, entity and local governments and institutions the project will enable strategic management of flood risk through the legislative and policy framework and appropriate sectoral policies and plans that incorporate climate change considerations. In order to develop institutional and local capacities in Flood Risk Management (FRM) the project aims to:

•    upgrade and rehabilitate of the hydrometric monitoring network,
•    develop Flood Risk Management plan (FRM) for Vrbas river basin (VRB),
•    develop flood risks and flood hazard maps for the VRB,
•    develop a flood forecasting system and early warning system,
•    develop emergency response plans, and provide trainings in flood-specific civil protection,
•    provide targeted training on climate-induced FRM to over 100 practitioners and decisions makers,
•    prepare institutional capacity development plan for the long-term development of capability and capacity in Flood Risk Management (FRM),
•    implement non-structural interventions in municipalities of the VRB,
•    provide training to local communities in climate resilient FRM, and introduce community-based early warning systems,
•    prepare and implement municipal-level flood response and preparedness plans,
•    implement agro-forestation scheme,
•    introduce financial instruments such as index-based flood insurance and credit deference schemes as a means of compensating for flood damages for agriculture.  

Who Finances it?

Donor Name

Amount contributed per year


Global Environmental Facility (GEF)

$ 357.450



$ 1.119.620



$ 1.068.970



$ 1.500.070



$ 881.990



$ 71.900




$ 5,000,000

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