A two-day conference on the completion of the integrated protection and rescue project and the development of the documents "Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Assessment of the Brčko District" and "Study on Capacity Building for Disaster Resilience" was held on December 20 and 21 in Brčko.
The representatives of Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro and B&H attended this regional gathering and estimated that the conference has a global character for an integrated and efficient system of protection and rescue, and a joint message - natural and other disasters do not know the boundaries.
Director of INZA Institute and project manager Edin Garaplija pointed out that the capacities of the Brčko District, when it comes to defending against natural disasters, are not at a satisfactory level.
- The capacities need to be improved, but unfortunately, resources are lacking and the assistance of the international community is needed. First of all, there is a hydrological risk, which includes the floods of the Sava River and the torrential flooding of the Brka and Tinja rivers, then the seismological risk, ie the geological risk that predicts the possibility of the earthquakes and the risk that is constantly present in the Brčko District - landslides and rockslides. We have biological risks, technical and technological risks, and we have also dealt with the risks of interrupting critical infrastructure - said Garaplija.
In line with global developments, climate change that is causing disasters of various types, this document provides a clear insight into the ten most vulnerable segments in the Brčko District. Therefore, the Brčko District is the only local community in B&H to complete this project and it will unify in one place all data related to any type of natural disaster or other types of disaster.
The financier of the project which began half a year ago is the Brčko District Government together with the World Bank.