Judicial Reform and the Empowerment of Victims
Zagreb, 28-29 Nov. 2012
UNDP to help Croatia improve disaster preparedness
USD 100,000 agreement signed with National Protection and Rescue Directorate
Perinić welcomed the new UNDP initiative and expressed appreciation for the past good cooperation between the two institutions. While noting that Croatia still lacks capacity in disaster preparedness, he emphasized the importance of Croatia's international orientation, and its readiness to share its experience in prevention and early response to natural disasters as a model in establishing a more modern and efficient civil protection system.
The recent winter disaster left people in many remote areas isolated and without electricity, water, and heating. The worst-affected areas were the coastal counties of Split-Dalmatia, Sibenik-Knin, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Zadar and Primorje-Gorski kotar, and the Slavonian counties of Osijek-Baranja and Brod-Posavina. No final figure has been calculated for the damages, but they run to the millions of dollars in hard-hit municipalities such as Metković.
The aim of the project is to boost the capacities of Croatian national and local authorities by providing technical assistance to improve needs assessments and enhance coordination between central, county and municipal bodies. These efforts are aimed at improving planning and enhancing the effectiveness of state services, especially in early recovery activities.