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Technology Transfer for Climate Resilient Flood Management in Vrbas River Basin

BiH is significantly exposed to the threats of climate change, but has very limited capacity to adapt to its negative impacts, in particular the floods from its major rivers.

The Vrbas River basin is characterized by a large rural population comprised of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including war returnees and displaced people, with high exposure to flooding and its devastating impacts. 

The project aims to support communities along the Vrbas river basin to adapt to flood risk through the transfer of adaptation technologies for climate resilient flood management, upgrade and rehabilitation of the hydro-metric monitoring network, development of a flood forecasting system and early warning system, development of emergency response plans, and provision of training in flood-specific civil protection. The enabling environment will be enhanced by embedding climate change into key sector policies, strategies and plans to enable climate resilient flood risk management within sectors that impact flood risk significantly, including land use and spatial planning, forestry, agriculture and energy sectors.  Specifically, the project will introduce floodplain management regulations that will enhance zoning of development and activities away from high risk areas. 

Flagship results achieved:


Raduska Cupać, Project Manager, UNDP,

Project duration:
2015 - 2020
Environmental governance
Strategic partner:
Local Governments, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of BiH, Ministry of Spatial Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of RS
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Project implemented in:
Republika Srpska, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central Bosnia Canton
Municipalities (13):
Banja Luka, Bugojno, Čelinac, Donji Vakuf, Gorni Vakuf/Uskoplje, Jajce, Jezero, Kneževo, Kotor Varoš, Laktaši, Mrkonjić Grad, Šipovo, Srbac