Croatian Islands Receive 25 Million Euros for Climate Change Adaptation

The Croatian Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds has announced that 25 million euros out of the 400 million euros allocated for strengthening the civil protection system will be used to adapt to climate change on the country’s islands. Specifically, Life on Ošljak, a Croatian island located in the Adriatic Sea, will receive this funding to manage climate-related risks such as fires, storms, and droughts.

In addition to the funds for the islands, the implementation of projects worth 400 million euros by 2029 includes the development of video surveillance and early fire detection systems, as well as investment in flood defense, especially in the Karlovac-Sisak area. The strategy also includes plans to establish regional centers of civil protection in Varaždin, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, and Zagreb.

The Directorate of Civil Protection is currently engaged in implementing projects worth 300 million euros with an additional 200 million euros planned. These projects focus on improving the early warning system, demining, constructing the National Teaching Center of Civil Protection (CZ), commissioning the new Operations Center of CZ, modernizing information and communication systems at CZ and equalizing opportunities for persons with disabilities. Procurement of vehicles, vessels and equipment for members of State Intervention Service and civil protection units is also planned along with acquisition of an educational vehicle – an earthquake simulator.

Furthermore, Croatia has secured 105 million euros for remotely controlled systems for chemical biological radiological or nuclear decontamination and fighting cross-border threats to health as well as procurement of containers and tents to accommodate 1

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