Official title of the project

Study of Flood Prone Areas in Serbia – Phase 1 (SoFPAS)

Project information

Subtitle
Preparation of flood hazard and flood risk maps, which will be incorporated in Flood Risk Management plans for the Project area.
Region / City
Cities
Serbia
Total budget of programme / project

1,999,500 Euro

Implementation period
2010. Mar - 2012. Nov
Expected results

·         Preparation of a draft methodology for flood mapping in line with the EU policies.

·         Production of a high resolution flood hazard and risk maps for the Project area.

·         Production of a pilot case for integration of the flood risk information in local or regional spatial plan.

·         Integration of flood maps into the Water Management Information System.

·         Dissemination of the results and capacity building:

       Transfer of the technology (know-how);

       Preparation of the long term concept for use and for regular 6-year update of the maps.

Beneficiary

The main beneficiary institutions are:

  • The Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Directorate for Water (DfW);
  • PWMC Srbijavode;
  • PWMC Vode Vojvodine;
  • PWMC Beograd vode;

 

Additional beneficiaries are:

  • The Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning;
  • The State Hydro-meteorological Service of Serbia (HMS);
  • The Iron Gate Company;
  • Municipalities within the Project area;

Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA). 

Target Groups
  • The primary target group (recipients) of the Project consists of officials and administrators of the DfW, PWMCs, municipalities and other bodies involved in flood management and mitigation.
  • The secondary target group is the popu

Summary of the project

Promotion of the sustainable flood risk management measures and best practices, linked with environmental protection, low impact development and sustainable land use planning, are main characteristics of the new EU flood control policy. Although Serbia is not yet a member of the EU, but as a neighboring country to the other EU member states, Serbia is making a great effort in applying and implementing the same principles and approaches. That shows the commitment of Serbia to develop the effective flood prevention and mitigation works in cooperation and in coordination with the EU member and other states in the shared international river basins.

The specific objective of this Project is to prepare flood hazard and flood risk maps, which will be incorporated in Flood Risk Management plans for the Project area.

The Project area includes:

  • The flood prone areas on the left and right side of the Danube river between Belgrade municipality Zemun (river km 1175) and the upstream end of the Iron Gate gorge (river km 1040), including the flood prone parts of the Belgrade city along the Danube i.e. municipalities of Zemun, Novi Beograd, Stari Grad, Palilula (including the area of Pančevački rit on the left river bank), and Grocka;
  • The flood prone areas on the larger rivers in the Velika Morava River Basin.

 

Promotion of the sustainable flood risk management measures and best practices, linked with environmental protection, low impact development and sustainable land use planning, will deliver multiple benefits by increasing public awareness and by informing Serbian competent authorities about flood risk and how to adequately deal with it. The Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Water Management and other responsible ministries dealing with flood prevention and mitigation, competent regional and local authorities, local technical and civil protection services, were identified as the ma

Programme/Project objectives

The main goal of the project is contribution to the harmonization with the European Flood Directive and World Flood Directive, and introduction of the "living with floods" principle in Serbia. This goal is in line with the Serbian Government’s European Integration Strategy and with the membership in the International Commission for the Protection of Danube River and International Sava River Basin Commission. 

Specific objectives

The specific objective of this Project is to prepare flood hazard and flood risk maps, which will be incorporated in Flood Risk Management plans for the Project area. The flood hazard and flood risk maps will be prepared in such a way that they can be easily updated on a regular basis (every six years, as set in EU Flood Directive). They will serve as a management tool for flood protection and spatial planning in the Project area in future years, and will help in “gradual and broad implementation of non-structural flood protection measures”, as well as a model for other river basins within the Republic of Serbia.

More details on project
  1. The World Bank Irrigation and Drainage Rehabilitation Project deals with urgent rehabilitations and repairs on flood protection on the Danube and Sava Rivers. In the preparatory phase a cost benefit analysis has been produced, showing high benefits from investment in flood protection.
  2. The project between the Swedish EPA and the Serbian Directorate for Water: “Development of a first draft Flood Risk Management Plan for Tamnava River Basin, Serbia” (IP 802). The project will strengthen the capacity of Serbian stakeholders in flood risk management and produce a first draft of a Flood Risk Management Plan. The project is divided in six phases; inventory phase, preliminary flood risk assessment, flood hazard maps for different scenarios, flood risk maps, first draft of a flood risk management plan and dissemination of results. The aim of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the Serbian water administrators in flood risk management according to the principles of the EU Flood Directive, through the development of a first draft Flood Risk Management Plan for the pilot area. The main target groups that will directly benefit from the project are the Directorate of Water and the institutes involved in the flood risk management.
  3. The work under the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), aiming at developing Flood Action Plans for all Danube sub-basins. Promotion of flood protection issues is based on "Action Programme for Sustainable Flood Protection in the Danube River Basin" accepted in 2004. Using the platform of the ICPDR Flood Protection Expert Group, the majority of Danube countries applied for Transnational SEE Programme, 2009-2011 with the proposal for the project Stakeholder oriented flood risk assessment for the Danube floodplains (FLOODRISK project). In the frame of this project, flood maps will be prepared for a chosen area at the left side of the Danube River, upstream of Novi Sad.
  4. The activities under the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), aiming at: establishment of an international navigation regime on the Sava River and its navigable tributaries; establishment of the sustainable water management; undertaking of measures to prevent/limit hazards, such as floods, ice, droughts, or accidents, as well as to eliminate/reduce the consequences. Permanent flood protection expert group within ISRBC is preparing documents related to flood protection, including Flood risk management plan for the Sava river basin. It is expected that flood mapping of the Sava river lowlands will be done in the following years, as a part of a project financed by USAID.