The Croatian water management company Hrvatske Vode is launching a project in cooperation with state institutions in Croatia and Slovenia, for integrated flood risk management in transboundary river basins.

The project, entitled FRISCO1 "Integrated flood risk management in transboundary river basins - Strategic Project 1 - Nonstructural Measures", was presented in Zagreb on Friday.

The project, valued at a little more than 4 million euro, envisages the implementation of non-structural measures in flood risk management in six target transboundary river basins (Kupa/Kolpa, Sutla/Sotla, Drava, Mura, Dragonja and Bregana).

The cooperation is significant for the local population as it aims to improve coordinated flood risk management and reduce flood risks, it was said at the presentation.

The project will be financed by the European Union with 85% of the project value while 15% will come from national funds. It will be implemented by eight state and public institutions, three from Croatia and five from Slovenia.

An amount of 4 million euro has been invested in the planning documentation (studies and design), a hydrologic model and an alert system, and a further 8 million euro will be invested in construction works. For that purpose, 10 million euro will be secured by the EU while Croatia and Slovenia will provide the rest, Hrvatske Vode director Zoran Djurokovic said.

Reporters wanted to know how the cross border project will be implemented in border areas where razor wire fences have been put up. A member of the project team, Marijan Babic, said that he expected the project to have a broader effect as floods did not recognise borders and wire fences did not stop floods.

Deputy Environment and Nature Protection Minister Mario Siljeg said that FRISCO was a significant project and that the ministry would support the speedy and efficient issuance of the necessary documentation in its remit.

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