Setting up of a System for Prevention and Early Warning of Floods

Project code:CB007.2.31.178
Project call:CB007.2
Priority axis / Specific objective:3.1 Joint Risk Management
Type of project:Investment
Project duration in months:24
Project final contract amount:592254.37 €
Project EU co-financing rate:85.00 %
Project start date:17.05.2019
Project end date:16.05.2021
Project intervention field:087 - Adaptation to climate change measures and prevention and management of climate related risks e.g. erosion, fires, flooding, storms and drought, including awareness raising, civil protection and disaster management systems and infrastructures
Project summary:

Overall objective is to reduce as much as possible the risk of damaging consequences from floods in the cross-border area. Specific objective is to take adequate measures for prevention of floods, reaction in emergency and recovery of post-flood damages on the territories of Etropole and Bela Palanka municipalities.

Activities: Activity 1 – Development of CB Integrated System for Early Warning of Floods The system will comprise of telemetric hydrometric stations, equipped with video cameras, batteries and solar panels– 2 in Etropole and 6 in Bela Palanka two situational centres (one in each municipality) equipped with monitoring stations (4 in Etropole and 6 in Bela Palanka ) 1 server and 1 video wall and video surveillance software; and specialized software system for early warning to be installed on the hardware in Etropole situational centre and data to be transmitted via internet to Bela Palanka situational centre; Activity 2 – Providing a Specialized Equipment for Flood Prevention and Reaction Activities. Each project partner will procure one cross over all-terrain vehicle for evacuation needs as well as for transportation of first responders to disaster areas; Activity 3 – Thematic Training in Flood Risk Management Through this activity a training will be provided for first responders - paramedics, nurses in ambulances, fire-fighters, civil protection servants, special employees in charge for disaster management in the local authorities how to react in case of floods. Altogether 30 people will pass the course – 15 for each partner; Activity 4 – Information and Publicity Through this activity appropriate publicity of the project and of the EU financial contribution will be ensured, following the program visibility guidelines, through elaboration of promotional materials, media publications and informational leaflets.

Outputs: Cross-border Integrated System for Early Warning of Floods - 1 here; Specialized equipment provided – 2 excavators and 2 cross over vehicles (one each for each partner); 30 first responders trained in Flood Risk Management.
Results: Secured higher degree of protection of people, nature and assets form possible flood in the CBC area; Increased technical capacity for prevention, emergency and mitigation activities related to floods; Increased institutional capacity in Flood Risk Management of the local authorities and communities.



Leading partner
Municipality of Etropole
Public utility company Komnis Bela Palanka