Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
Supporting Serbia’s sustainable development by reducing the risks posed by disasters
The transformation of the disaster management system in Serbia is one of the more challenging areas of reform. The Government of Serbia has expressed a strong commitment to improving its disaster risk management capacities and has demonstrated its ambition to be a sub-regional disaster risk reduction leader in the Western Balkans. The disaster management system is being comprehensively re-built and Serbian authorities are investing enormous efforts to ensure that the new structures and systems are set-up and operationalized in an efficient manner.
The overall objective of our DRR programme is to support the efforts of the Serbian Government to strengthen the disaster risk reduction and disaster recovery system in the country. Our engagement, which started in 2009, significantly increased at the end of 2010, prompted by the post-Kraljevo earthquake assistance effort and a more concentrated programming effort. Since then, through the two related projects, “Response to the effect of the Kraljevo earthquake” and “Strengthening the disaster risk reduction and recovery (DRR) system in Serbia”, both financed by UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery(BCPR) and UNDP Serbia, SEESAC worked actively with the Ministry of Interior and the Sector for Emergency Management to strengthen national systems and procedures, to promote inter-ministerial and inter-agency coordination and cooperation at the national level; to establish disaster recovery framework - particularly in municipality of Kraljevo; and to strengthen coordination between the national and local levels.
In 2013, SEESAC joined efforts with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and launched a pilot project "Disaster Loss Database Establishment in the Republic of Serbia," thus focusing our efforts on contributing to strengthen institutional and national capacities for risk information management systems. This project was implemented in close partnership with the Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior and the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.