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Croatian islands receive 25 million euros for climate change adaptation efforts


Nov 21, 2023

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The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds announces that out of the 400 million euros provided for strengthening the civil protection system, 25 million euros will be allocated to the Croatian islands for adaptation to climate change. Life on Ošljak Croatian islands will receive 25 million euros for adapting to climate change and managing climate-related risks, such as fires, storms and droughts, the ministry told Hina. In order to strengthen the civil protection system, calls for allocation will be published in the coming weeks grants for the purchase of rescue helicopters, firefighting equipment and demining equipment. 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 the continuation of the flood defense project on in the Karlovac-Sisak area. It is planned to invest in the establishment of regional centers of civil protection, and it is about the construction of centers of civil protection in Varaždin, Osijek, Rijeka, Split and Zagreb. In the Disaster Risk Management Strategy until 2030, 82 projects worth 1 , 8 billion euros, points out the Directorate of Civil Protection. The Directorate is currently engaged in the implementation of projects worth 300 million euros, and another 200 million euros are planned. These are projects to improve the early warning system, demining, construction of the National Teaching Center of Civil Protection (CZ), putting into operation the new Operations Center of the CZ, modernization of the information and communication system of the CZ, equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities, protection of cultural heritage and resilience of critical infrastructure. It is also planned to purchase vehicles, vessels and equipment for members of the State Intervention civil protection units for search and rescue from ruins and water, supplying firefighters with the necessary vehicles, vessels and protective equipment, as well as the purchase of an educational vehicle – an earthquake simulator. 105 million euros have been secured for remotely controlled systems for chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear decontamination and the fight against cross-border threats to health, and the procurement of containers and tents to accommodate 1,000 people. These are additional capacities of the EU to respond to extraordinary events, and they will be available to Croatia in the event of the need to provide international assistance…

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