EU Floods Recovery Programme– Improvement of Flood Prevention and Mitigation Response in Affected Areas
In 2015, over 170,000 people were affected by heavy flooding that caused major damages to roads, bridges and water management infrastructure, interrupting transport and economic activities throughout the country.
The European Union is assisting the country and its citizens in overcoming the effects of the floods, by providing funds over the next two years to address the top priority reconstruction needs and reconstruct transport and water infrastructure in the most affected areas in line with “build back better” principles of sustainability.
Funded by the EU, implemented by UNDP, this project will target damaged water infrastructure in six locations in the East, West, Southeast and Pelagonija regions, restoring regulated riverbeds and drainage systems in the Crna Reka and Strumica river basins and reconstructing and improving the management of the four priority dams of Mavrovica, Slatina, Drenska Reka and Lipa.
In addition to reconstruction works, the project will provide support to relevant authorities in applying new approaches for improved management of the repaired structures, maximizing their future use in flood control.
The “building back better” approach will be used to maximize resilience to future floods and mitigate the risk of floods in priority sensitive regions of the country. The project will be implemented in close partnership with the local governments of the affected areas, the Secretariat for European Integration, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy, the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and the Water Management Organization.