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Czech Republic helps local authorities in BiH to effectively cope with different disasters

Source(s):  Sarajevo Times


Through the UNDP project “Increasing Resilience of Livno, Mrkonjic Grad and Maglaj (IRLMM)”, which is funded by Czech Republic, a set of manuals have been developed to support bh. authorities on all levels to deal more effectively with different disasters. These six manuals covering frequently occurring types of disasters – floods, fires, earthquakes, landslides, snowfall and industrial accidents – were officially presented today in Sarajevo.


The Manuals are a compendium of different legislation and standards related to disasters, from laws on civil protection and waters to laws on environmental protection. They are intended to provide guidance on responsibilities of each institution and step-by-step procedures for response to for six most occurring types of disasters. With proper preparedness municipalities can minimize the impact of disasters.


Representatives of Ministry of Security of BiH, Directorate for Civil Protection of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Water Agencies, Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry of FBiH, Ministry of Environment and Tourism of FBiH, Institute of Geology of the FBiH, Cantonal Civil Protection Administration of Canton Sarajevo along with Czech expert for disaster response contributed to the development of Manuals.


In July 2019, table-top exercise was organized, and manuals were tested. Table-top exercises are a flexible and cost-efficient way of training and practicing of the Civil protection headquarters. The exercise included combinations of risks related to fire, technical and technological hazards, environmental protection, as well as impact on vulnerable population groups using the Disaster Risk Analysis System (DRAS) developed within the IRLMM project for partner municipalities.


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  • Publication date 25 Sep 2019

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