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Joint Swiss UN Project: Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) for Sustainable Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

High exposure to natural hazards coupled with insufficient technical, organizational, and financial capacities of BiH’s institutions and governments directly impede the country’s socio-economic development and increase population vulnerability. This Project, jointly implemented by five UN Agencies, will reduce the social and economic vulnerabilities of citizens and institutions affected by disasters and climate change by introducing and operationalizing an integrated model of disaster risk governance and livelihood enhancement starting with selected local municipalities.

Strategic Domain:
Democratic Governance, Municipal Services, and Justice
Themes:
Covid-19
Status:
Ongoing
Implementer:
United Nations Children`s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) , UNHCR
Project implemented in:
Republika Srpska, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cantons:
Una-Sana Canton, Tuzla Canton, Zenica-Doboj Canton
Municipalities (10):
Trebinje, Srebrenica, Sanski Most, Prijedor, Kalesija, Kakanj, Gradačac, Bijeljina, Bihać , Banja Luka

 The overall disaster risk reduction and management (DRR/DRM) governance system in BiH is characterized by the decentralized responsibilities of different institutions, coupled with insufficient technical, organizational, and financial capacities, often lacking the proper expertise to deal effectively with existing and future hazard threats. Local governments are closest to the citizens and therefore the front-liners in any disaster. The Project’s overall goal is to improve DRR institutional capacities, frameworks, public services and partnerships at the local level of government in BiH and make the populations in risk-exposed localities less socially and economically vulnerable to effects of disasters and climate change.