Implementation of the second phase of an EU-funded recovery program started in a bid to reverse the effects of floods that struck Bosnia in 2014.
The Flood Recovery Program provides support to sustainable recovery by improving housing conditions for 2,895 vulnerable individuals whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the 2014 disaster, and by strengthening economically 555 households through agricultural assistance, establishment of small business as well as employment in the private sector.
As part of the Program, Public Call for Selection of Beneficiaries was published in October 2017. 3,950 households applied. Currently, field verification of these households is in progress and upon its completion, a final list of beneficiaries will be compiled. The start of construction of new and reconstruction of existing households is planned for spring 2018.
“Approximately 2,800 people will benefit directly from this project”
“The EU is very committed to assist BiH in responding to the flood recovery and is the largest donors that supported the country with approx. 83.2 million euro to face the flood emergency in close co-operation with BiH authorities. In the next 3 years the contract worth 12.5 million euro aimed at the Flood Recovery Program (and co-financed by local authorities and UNDP with €1.9 million) will support the sustainable recovery of flood and landslide affected communities in both entities. Approximately 2,800 people will benefit directly from this project through re/construction of their housing units that were destroyed or heavily damaged during the floods,” said Gianluca Vannini, Head of Section for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross Border Cooperation in the Delegation of European Union to Bosnia.
“UNDP and European Union have been cooperating for years in order to mitigate the effects of catastrophic floods from 2014. First phase of the Flood Recovery Program (201-2016) improved the quality of lives for 610,000 people. Now, we are continuing with the activities in order to provide safe housing and economical assistance to the most vulnerable who still haven’t recovered,” said Edis Arifagić, Head of Local Development Program in UNDP BiH.
The Flood Recovery Program is implemented in 44 Bosnian municipalities by UNDP BiH, in cooperation with International Organisation for Migration, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Hilfswerk International Austria and partner cities and municipalities.