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Risk management and flood protection in cross-border regions Calarasi and Polski Trambesh

What’s the goal?

The main objective of the project is to improve the joint risk management in the cross-border region Polski Trambesh (Bulgaria) and Călăraşi County (România)

What’s the budget?

3,853,515.63 euro, out of which 3,275,488.28 euro ERDF

Who is doing it?

Lead Partner: Municipality of Polski Trambesh (BG)

Partner 2: Territorial Administrative UnitCălăraşi County(RO)

When is it happening?

Start date: 17.03.2017

End date: 16.03.2022

Duration: 60 months

Where is it happening?

Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria and Calarasi in Romania

How is it going to happen?                                  

  • improved conductivity of the riverbed of river Eliyska
  • implementation of a Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System in Polski Trambesh Municipality
  • improved endowment of IES Călăraşi by purchasing 3 new intervention vehicles
  • implementation of an Emergency situations management information system in Călăraşi County
  • joint action plan in the field of emergency situations signed

What will be the results (what’s the contribution to the Programme)?

Programme outputs: 300 000 people benefiting from actions of risk management, 150 00 people benefiting from flood protection measures, 1 joint partnership in the field of joint early warning and emergency response

Programme results: improved quality of joint risk management

The project is finalized.

The following have been achieved within the project:

1.         The Eliyska river bed from the Polski Trambesh Municipality was repaired in order to improve the conductivity and the banks were strengthened. The erosion processes were limited so the potential harmful impact of high water levels in the Yantra River on the adjacent terrains on the territory of the Polski Trambesh Municipality was minimized.

2.         Exchanged experience and knowledge between both countries, which participate in the implementation of the project activities.

3.     Four joint project meeting were held, two in Polski Trambesh Municipality (Bulgaria) and two in Calarasi County (Romania), at the begining and at the end of the implementation period of the project. At the meetings, there were participated representatives of disaster prevention services from both partners. They exchanged experiences regarding the legislation in both countries, work systems, identified needs to purchase new and more advanced equipment in search and rescue of people in disasters.

4.         Two joint exercises for emergency situations were held, one in Polski Trambesh Municipality (Bulgaria) in the period 31.08.2022-02.09.2022 and one in Calarasi County (Romania) in the period 12.09.2022-14.09.2022. The demonstrative joint exercises were performed by using the equipment purchased by the LB and B2.

5.         A flood risk assessment for the project cross-border region was prepared, which to help in dangerous situations and prevent from them. Both LB and B2 have developed Disaster protection plans. On the basis of these two disaster protection plans, developed by each project partner, it was developed a Joint Intervention Plan in the fields of competence of Calarasi County Inspectorate for Emergency Situations “Barbu Stirbei” (Romania) and Directorate of Fire and Civil Protection of Veliko-Tarnovo District (Bulgaria).

6.         Physical measures and instruments for flood risk management were designed and implemented. An early warning system and an information system for monitoring the level of the Eliyska River were developed and implemented in Bulgaria, and an information system for the management of emergencies was designed, developed, and implemented in Calarasi County. Also, Calarasi County Council purchased 3 new intervention vehicles (Mobile water pumping system with a capacity of 30,000 l/min, Unexploded Bomb Transport Vehicle and Autocrane 60t with salvage equipment). The 3 new intervention vehicles are in the endowment of the Calarasi County Inspectorate for Emergency Situations “Barbu Stirbei”

7. One joint partnership agreement was signed on 31.08.2022 between Calarasi County Council and Polski Trambesh Municipality, having as general objective to exchange experience and good practices in implementing state policy on disasters and accidents, exchange the best experience in prevention through raising the population’s awareness and coordination in the field of rapid disaster mitigation action.


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