Flood Protocol enters into force

Protocol on Flood Protection to the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin, as the core document for the strengthening of cooperation of the basin countries in the area of flood protection, enters into force on November 27, 2015. 

Protocol on Flood Protection is aimed at regulation of sustainable flood protection issues in the Sava River Basin with the objective to prevent or limit hazards and reduce or eliminate negative effects of floods. The Protocol emphasizes the importance of coordination measures, works and activities aimed at decreasing the flood risk throughout the basin, and the implementation of these activities in accordance with the "no harm rule" principle. Therefore, in order to contribute to the decrease of harmful consequences of floods, in particular for human life and health, environment, cultural heritage, economic activities and infrastructure, the Parties have agreed to cooperate in the implementation of above activities. The Protocol represents a firm legal foundation for the implementation of all activities agreed by the Sava countries, via their joint platform – the Sava Commission. 

Cooperation for preservation of the Mehmed-Paša Sokolović bridge in Višegrad

  Protocol on Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the preservation of the Mehmed-Paša Sokolović bridge in Višegrad was signed on 4 November 2015 in Sarajevo. The cooperation will include the exchange of information between the two countries on the activities affecting the water levels that could threaten the stability of the Bridge, as well as the work of an established mixed group to propose measures for preservation of the stability. The Protocol, whose preparation was facilitated by the ISRBC, represents a step forward in the implementation of the FASRB, as well as the conclusions of the World Heritage Committee (UNESCO) related to this famous construction.

ISRBC signs the Paris Pact

Due to the centrality of water for climate change, the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), in cooperation with UNECE and other partners, have developed a document calling for action on climate change adaptation in basins – the „Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Basins of Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers“. This non-binding document includes a description of the context and general principles for climate change adaptation in basins, a list of commitments and an annex with a template to present concrete projects in this field.  

The Pact will be presented on 2 December 2015, at the 21st UN Conference of the Parties on Climate (COP 21) in Paris, which will include half a day on water and climate change adaptation.

So far, 279 governments, international organizations, donors, national and transboundary basin organizations, local authorities, the civil society and companies worldwide have signed the Paris Pact. The ISRBC joined this group by signing the document during the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Water Convention, recently held in Budapest (17-19 November 2015).
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