The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds has announced the allocation of 25 million euros out of the 400 million euros for strengthening the civil protection system to Croatian islands for adaptation to climate change. Specifically, Life on Ošljak Croatian islands will receive this funding for adapting to climate change and managing 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 the continuation of the flood defense project 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 early warning systems, demining efforts, constructing a National Teaching Center of Civil Protection (CZ), commissioning a new Operations Center of CZ, modernizing information and communication systems of CZ, promoting equal opportunities for persons with disabilities, protecting cultural heritage and critical infrastructure resilience. Procurement plans include vehicles, vessels and equipment for members of State Intervention Service and civil protection units along with an educational vehicle – an earthquake simulator.
Furthermore, 105 million euros have been secured for remotely controlled systems for chemical biological radiological or nuclear decontamination as well as cross-border threats to health safety. These resources are expected to be available to Croatia in case there is a need for international assistance provision.