Partnership between All Levels of Government for Disaster Risk Reduction in the West Morava and Kolubara River Basins

Feb 10, 2017

Djordje Stancic, Secretary General of the Serbian Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, Predrag Maric, Head of Emergency Management Sector, Marko Blagojevic, Director of the Public Investment Management Office, Predrag Terzic, Mayor of Kraljevo, Ivan Bosnjak, State Secretary at the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Dragi Nestorovic, Mayor of Krusevac, Zarko Petrovic, Programme Analyst at UNDP Serbia and Velimir Stanojevic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection

Kraljevo, February 10, 2017 - Better coordination and planning can reduce costs caused by natural disasters by estimated four to seven times. The importance of prevention has been recognized by the authorities of the cities and municipalities of the West Morava river basin and Kolubara river basin and the national government, who met on Friday in Kraljevo to sign a protocol on cooperation for disaster risk reduction.

The signing ceremony was attended by the presidents of municipalities, district heads, and senior government officials of the Government of the Republic of Serbia: Marko Blagojevic, Director of the Public Investment Management Office, Ivan Bosnjak, State Secretary at the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Velimir Stanojevic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Predrag Maric, Head of Emergency Management Sector, Djordje Stancic, Secretary General of the Serbian Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, as well as representatives of UNDP in Serbia.

The signed protocols represent a first step towards improving cooperation on capacity building and the development of measures that would enable prevention from natural disasters at the local level. The protocols also represent a unique example of partnership at the local level in the Western Balkans region.

Also, this greatly contributes to the planning of adaptation measures to changed climate conditions at the local level, as well as the preparation of future joint plans and projects.

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