Overview

In May 2014 the heaviest rainfall in more than a century hit Bosnia and Herzegovina, causing intense floods that affected 1 million people and destroyed infrastructure, businesses, livelihoods, farms and crops.

Since the start of the disaster the UN has been working closely with the BIH authorities, the EU, World Bank and bilateral donors to ensure prompt and efficient aid delivery. The UN was coordinating the International Community response to the floods to address the immediate effects of the disaster. Today, the UN agencies implement the EU Floods Recovery Programme (EURO 43.5 million) financed by the EU and UN Floods Recovery Programme “Danas za nas” (USD 22.6 million) which is financed by bilateral donors.

Floods Recovery

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Programmes and Initiatives

  • EU Floods Recovery Programme

    On 15 August the European Union launched the EU Floods Recovery Programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina worth 43.52 million EUR, out of which the EU’s contribution is 42.24 million EUR, while UNDP participates with 1.28 million EUR. The Programme consists of different components all of which aim to assist with the normalization of peoples' lives in flood-affected areas and communities in 24 most-affected municipalities. more 

  • UN Floods Recovery Programme Danas Za Nas

    The UN Floods Recovery Programme “Danas za nas” was launched in July 2014 aiming to reestablish normal living conditions, preserve jobs, support local economies and increase disaster resilience in more than 60 flood affected communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Financed by 28 bilateral donors, this USD 22.6 million worth programme is implemented by the UN agencies. more 

  • Building Disaster Resilience

    Disasters put hard won development achievements at risk, reversing economic growth and progress towards the elimination of poverty; cause environmental damage; and result in human suffering. During 2015 – 2019, UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina will strategically focus on coordination support and capacity development for prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. more 

  • Support to Flood Recovery and Risk Mitigation in BiH

    Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is vulnerable to a number of natural hazards such as floods, landslides, droughts, fires and earthquakes. The floods in May 2014, the worst in 120 years, affected a quarter of its territory and showed once again how disaster prone the country is. May floods caused damages to infrastructure, agriculture, public institutions and the local economy in the amount of 1.67 billion USD. Rebuilding what was damaged and revitalizing the livelihoods of one million persons affected have been one of the greatest challenges to the country, reminding that more investment, focus and attention should be paid to prevention and preparedness.more 

  • Landslide Disaster Risk Management in BiH

    Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is vulnerable to a number of natural hazards such as floods, landslides, droughts, fires and earthquakes. The floods in May 2014, the worst in 120 years, affected a quarter of its territory and showed once again how disaster prone the country is. May floods and landslides caused damages to infrastructure, agriculture, public institutions and the local economy estimated at 1.67 billion USD. Rebuilding what was damaged and revitalizing the livelihoods of one million persons affected have been one of the greatest challenges, reminding that more investment, focus and attention should be paid to prevention and preparedness.more 

News and Stories

the Mixed Secondary School Maglaj and Edhem Mulabdić High School in Maglaj, both reconstructed as part of the EU Floods Recovery Programme

EU Floods Recovery Programme: Dr Renzo Daviddi Opened Reconstructed School in Maglaj

On Friday, 17 October 2014, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH Dr Daviddi officially opened the Mixed Secondary School Maglaj and Edhem Mulabdić Highmore 

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, H.E. Anne Vibeke Lilloe starts the heating season in Doboj

Official start of the heating season in Doboj – central heating system reconstructed

Doboj City Heating Plant officially started the heating season today on 15 October 2014, with official commissioning of the plant. Despite considerable damages to the Dobojmore 

Post-flood rehabilitation of 29 priority houses completed under the EU Floods Recovery Programme

The rehabilitation works on 29 priority houses financed by the EU Floods Recovery Programme have been completed under the first phase of the housing component.  Thanksmore 

First meeting of the EU Floods Recovery Programme Advisory Panel discusses the recovery efforts and results achieved so far

The first meeting of the EU Floods Recovery Programme Advisory Panel was held today in the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina, bringingmore 

EU launches the first phase of post-floods housing rehabilitation under the Floods Recovery Programme

Last week marked the beginning of rehabilitation works on 200 priority dwellings across the flood-affected areas in Bosnia Herzegovina financed by the EU Flood Recovery Programme,more 

Ambassador Sorensen opened the rehabilitated “Šamac” Primary School in Šamac; visited work sites of the EU Floods Recovery Programme in Domaljevac

On Thursday, 25 September 2014, Head of EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative in BIH Ambassador Peter Sorensen officially opened the "Šamac" Primary Schoolmore 

4,500 people of Sapna Community regained access to water after a 25 day long demining action

UN Floods Response: Restoring Water Supply in Mine Affected Area

Floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014 damaged more than 40,000 homes and affected lives of more than one million people. The floods brought,more 

Thanks to EU Assistance, Children in Doboj Start Their School Year in Reconstructed Majke Jugović Kindergarten

Reconstructed building of the Public Preschool Institution Majke Jugović was officially opened today in Doboj, thus also symbolically marking the start of a new school year.more 

Public call for flood recovery assistance aimed at reconstruction of flood affected housing units

The European Union Floods Recovery Programme is planning to provide intervention assistance for reconstruction of housing units in flood affected areas. The assistance will include reconstructionmore 

Reconstructed Kindergarten in Bosanska Krupa – Building Better Conditions for a Happy Childhood

Reconstructed and energy efficient kindergarten in Bosanska Krupa was officially opened today, to the joy of more than 110 children who will spend their pre-school daysmore