EU funded projects in BiH

Sustainable use of water resources in Imotsko-Bekijsko field (IM-BE field)

PROJECT DETAILS

Sectors Regional and territorial cooperation
EU Acquis chapters Other issues
Programme Funding Year 2010
Value €16,279
Periods of implementation 2013
Locations GRUDE, LJUBUŠKI, POSUŠJE

Results

Expected results: 1. Functional permanent regional cross-border coordination group (TC) for sustainable management of water resources for Imotsko- Bekijsko Polje established; 2. Planning capacities of local authorities strengthened to take advantage of EU Structural funds, in line with EC Environmental protection regulations; 3. Necessary technical documentation prepared and adopted by relevant bodies’ in BiH and Croatia, including: a) Study on integrated cross-border potential for agricultural production in Imotsko-Bekijsko Polje prepared; b) Conceptual technical design for water irrigation/drainage system in IMBE field prepared; c) Environmental Impact Assessment study and cost-benefit analysis for planned investments prepared; and d) Preliminary design for integrated irrigation, drainage and melioration system of the IMBE field prepared. 4. Principles of integrated water management and agricultural production amongst local population promoted; and 5. Number of high risk water pollution spots in IMBE field reduced.

SUMMARY

The project seeks to introduce an integrated approach for structural investments in the irrigation and drainage systems in the Imotsko-Bekijsko Polje region, which are expected to intensify agricultural production in the region. Special attention is given to environmental aspects, and the project also seeks to increase awareness among the local population on how to reduce pollution of surface and underground waters. Imotsko-Bekijsko Polje, split by the border between Croatia and BiH, represents a valuable agricultural area and an important economic asset in this cross-border region, with total of 8.150 ha of arable land and rich water resources. Through the project, there is good potential to strengthen the coordination of integrated planning by the authorities, and to match the existing top-down strategies with a bottom-up approach. This model is expected to be used for further joint planning in the region.

RESULTS

Expected results: 1. Functional permanent regional cross-border coordination group (TC) for sustainable management of water resources for Imotsko- Bekijsko Polje established; 2. Planning capacities of local authorities strengthened to take advantage of EU Structural funds, in line with EC Environmental protection regulations; 3. Necessary technical documentation prepared and adopted by relevant bodies’ in BiH and Croatia, including: a) Study on integrated cross-border potential for agricultural production in Imotsko-Bekijsko Polje prepared; b) Conceptual technical design for water irrigation/drainage system in IMBE field prepared; c) Environmental Impact Assessment study and cost-benefit analysis for planned investments prepared; and d) Preliminary design for integrated irrigation, drainage and melioration system of the IMBE field prepared. 4. Principles of integrated water management and agricultural production amongst local population promoted; and 5. Number of high risk water pollution spots in IMBE field reduced.