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Emergency planning and flood protection in the Lower Danube Euroregion

PARTNERS:

 

Odessa Regional Water Management DepartmentOdessa Regional Council (Ukraine)

Tulcea County Council (Romania)

Cornwall County Council (UK)

Centre for Regional Studies (Ukraine)

 

DURATION: 18 months

 

FUNDING:

The European Commission through the TACIS CBS SPF (76,93 %)

Odessa Regional Water Management Department

 

SUMMARY:

 

The project’s aim is to improve people’s security in the Ukrainian part of the Lower Danube floodplain through the improvement of flood control and the creation of emergency planning system in the Danube Delta.

 

Target groups: water managers, flood protection and emergency officers from Odessa Oblast and Tulcea County as well as other the Lower Danube EuroRegion’s member regions; Commission for Environmental Protection and Disaster Prevention and the Coordination Centre of the Lower Danube EuroRegion; local governments and communities of the Ukrainian border districts of Reni, Izmail, Kiliya.

 

The main activities: sectoral studies & risk assessment of disastrous floods in the Lower Danube Floodplain; training of water mangers, flood protection and emergency officers from Odessa Oblast and Tulcea County; adopting EU good practice in emergency planning, the management of river catchments including flood risk, study trip to UK; workshops in UK and Ukraine (Odessa, Izmail); creation of a Lower Danube EuroRegion’s office for early flood warning in Izmail; PR activity & dissemination of information, development  of the project’s website.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

The overall objective of the project is working out and implementation of appropriate measures and practice of management for flood prevention and protection respecting the needs of people’s security, public health, economic development of the area and management of the environment in sustainable manner in the Lower Danube floodplain.

 

The specific objectives are:

 

·         Holistic risk assessment of disastrous floods including the assessment of the state of flood protection constructions in the Ukrainian part of the Danube floodplain, zoning and mapping, the development of a list of potentially dangerous objects (enterprises, stores etc.) in the Lower Danube Floodplain and in the area of the Danube lakes;

 

·         The development of a cross-border emergency planning and flood warning system through the improvement of coordination between water management, flood protection and emergency departments of the Odessa oblast and Tulcea county as well as other member regions of the Lower Danube EuroRegion and the creation of an office for early flood warning and improvement of public access to information about flood situation in the Danube Floodplain;

 

·         Planning of cross-border measures to reduce risks for life and public health, property and equipment, water and land ecosystems including the wetlands of international importance during disastrous floods in the Lower Danube floodplain.

 

·         The implementation of selected measures to reduce risks for life and public health, property and equipment, water and land ecosystems including the wetlands of international importance during disastrous floods in the Lower Danube floodplain including the improvement of hydrological management of the Danube lakes during deluges and the selection of a model territory and development of a concept for a model wetland restoration to use its flood-storage capacity. This also includes the creation of an office for early flood warning and improvement of public access to information about flood situation in the Danube Floodplain;

 

·         Raising public awareness and the introduction of a participatory approach to flood protection in the Lower Danube EuroRegion. Facilitating of implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Ukraine and Romania;

 

·         Adopting EU good practice in emergency planning and flood protection involving the UK’s and German experience. This also will be achieved through sharing experience of the members of the Network Cycleau under the INTERREG III C;

 

·         Facilitating the introduction of the basic principles of the EU Water Framework Directive and the Guidelines on Sustainable Flood Prevention (UN Convention on the Protection and Use of Trans-boundary Watercourses and International Lakes) in the Lower Danube EuroRegion.

 

The project is in compliance with the Agreement on the Good Neighbour Relations and Cooperation Between Ukraine and Romania (June 2, 1997) – Article 8 (concerns the development of transfrontier cooperation between border territorial communities and authorities of Ukraine and Romania), Article 16 (concerns the cooperation in the fields of environmental protection and disaster prevention); the Programme of Socio-economic and Cultural Development of Odessa Region until 2010 approved by the Odessa Regional Council (Resolution No 123-XXIII of December 24, 1999); the Regional Programme for Flood-protection Measures to Stabilise Banks of the Ukrainian part of the Danube for 2001-2005 (2001). The project topic is among the focuses of the draft National Programme of Sustainable Development of the Ukrainian Part of the Danube Region has been developed in 2003. The project is directly relevant to the objectives of the Regional Complex Programme for Protection of Settlements and Agricultural Lands of the Odessa Region from Damages Caused by Waters for the years 2001-2005 and the Prognosis until 2010 adopted by the Odessa Regional Council (Resolution No 338-XXIII of August 7, 2001). The project also is in compliance with the EU Water Framework Directive and the Guidelines on Sustainable Flood Prevention (UN Convention on the Protection and Use of Trans-boundary Watercourses and International Lakes).

 

The project covers the following sectors of the TACIS CBC programme:

 

·         Administrative Reforms – due to building capacity for wise policy and better decision making process at the level of the government of Odessa Oblast in the field of emergency planning and flood protection in the Lower Danube EuroRegion. The project is also relevant to this priority due to improving public access to information about the state of the flood protection constructions in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain and risks of flood and facilitating a participatory approach involving a wider public in a decision-making process at local and regional level. The project is to facilitate coordination between local authorities in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain and the regional government bodies of Odessa Oblast in the field of emergency planning, flood warning and flood protection.

 

·         Local economic development – due to improving opportunities for ecological tourism in the Danube Delta in the result wetland conservation and restoration in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain. Besides this the project will encourage rural diversification in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain through making better conditions for the replacement of cultivated crops by mowing and pasturing which are the traditional rural activities in the Danube Delta.

 

·         Social Affairs – due to providing people’s security, safe life and public health in the Ukrainian part of the Danube floodplain.

 

·         Environment & Energy Efficiency – due to enhancing opportunities for the Danube Delta wetland conservation and sustainable management and using wetlands’ flood storage capacity. The project will improve the policy and cross-border coopeartion in the Lower Danube EuroRegion aimed at the introduction of integrated river basin management and integrated wetland management in the Lower Danube Floodplain.

 

EXPECTED RESULTS:

 

Governments of Odessa Oblast and Tulcea County will improve policies and decision making process at regional level in the field of emergency planning and flood risk assessment as well as the sustainable use of the Lower Danube wetlands and their flood storage capacity. Besides this the Odessa Regional Council and Regional State Administration will be provided with an integrated plan for measures to reduce flood risk in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain to improve the decision making process at regional level.

 

The capacities of the following regional departments of Odessa Oblast for better decision-making will be improved:

·         Regional Department for Land Use will be provided with data and information on the potentially flood endangered areas and recommendations on changing of the land use status in the dyked area in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain.

·         Regional Department for Agriculture will be provided with recommendations on the replacement of cultivated crops in the dyked areas by mowing and pasturing, which are the traditional rural activities in the Danube Delta, under the circumstances of deluge.

·         Regional Department for Environment and Natural Resources will be provided with recommendations on the Danube Delta wetlands’ restoration and the sustainable use.

·         Regional Department for Transport and Communications will be provided with maps of the potentially flood-endangered areas and assessed risk of the transport infrastructure’s destruction in the result of deluge.

 

This will help to introduce an integrated approach to the Lower Danube Floodplain area and the Danube Delta wetlands.

 

Local governments of the Ukrainian border districts of Reni, Izmail, Kiliya and Bolgrad will improve their opportunities for flood control and providing peoples’ security through better access to information about dangerous hydrological situation in the Lowe Danube Floodplain in the result of the creation of an office for emergency planning, early flood warning and information.

 

Coordination bodies of the Lower Danube EuroRegion including the Coordination Centre and Commission for Environmental Protection and Disaster Prevention will have better access to information in the field of flood risks and flood control. The opportunities for cross-border exchange of information in a.m. fields will be enhanced involving officers from the EuroRegion’s Coordination Centre and Commission for Environmental Protection and Disaster Prevention due to the creation of an office for emergency planning, early flood warning and information. This will allow development of an efficient flood-warning system within the EuroRegion.

 

People of local communities in the Ukrainian part of the Danube floodplain will have better access to information about flood risks. The opportunities for providing people’s security and safe life will be improved due to assessed flood risk and the creation of an office for emergency planning, early flood warning and information. In the long term perspective of local people’s livelihoods will be improved due to the prevention of inundation of settlements and nearby rural land, creating opportunities for the development of eco-tourism due to wetland conservation and sustainable use.

 

Local people will improve their knowledge of activities must be undertaken during deluge to provide security due to dissemination of the booklet “What you have to do when get a flood warning”.

 

Government of Odessa Region and local governments of the Ukrainian border districts of Reni, Izmail, Kiliya and Bolgrad will improve their capacities for wise spatial planning and use of both embankment areas and wetlands in the Ukrainian part of the Danube floodplain.

 

 

Due to the project the system of flood control in the Lower Danube EuroRegion will become more manageable due to the creation of an office for emergency planning and early flood warning. The knowledge of flood risks in the area will be improved and based on the assessment to be done within the project. Due to this the Odessa Regional Council and Regional State Administration will improve their strategy of emergency planning, flood control and providing people’s security in the Danube districts of Odessa Region. The local governments of Reni, Izmail, Kiliya and Bolgrad districts including local departments for land use, agriculture, environment and transport will be brought together for better coordination of their activities in the process of the introduction of an integrated approach to the management of the Lower Danube Floodplain.

 

The creation of an OFFICE FOR EMERGENCY PLANNING, EARLY FLOOD WARNING AND INFORMATION will improve the opportunities for better coordination of activities provided by local water management and flood protection departments in both Ukrainian and Romanian parts of the Lower Danube Floodplain, facilitate a network of liaison emergency officers within the Lower Danube EuroRegion, improve the management of flood risks and provide better technical opportunities for communications between water managers, emergency planners and flood protection officers in the Lower Danube EuroRegion  and early flood warning. This also will improve technical capacities of the Odessa Regional Water Management Department and local water management departments in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain for providing peoples’ security.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER OUTPUTS:

 

The Report “Flood risk assessment in the Lower Danube Floodplain”

An integrated plan for measures to reduce flood risk in the Lower Danube Floodplain

GIS maps:

·         An inundation map of the dyked areas of the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain under the circumstances of destruction of the system of flood-protection dykes.

·         A map of zoning of the Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain taking into consideration modes of land use.

·         A map location of potentially dangerous units (enterprises, stores etc.) which may affect peoples’ security, public health and environment in case of a disastrous flood

The booklet “What you have to do when get a flood warning”



See the map

Booklet "What you have to do when get a flood warning" was published.

Available in Russian

On November 30, 2006 an office for emergency planning, early flood warning and improvement of public access to information about flood situation in the Danube Floodplain has been opened in Izmail.

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On November 29, 2006 the international seminar "Cross-border cooperation development in the framework of emergency planning and flood protection" took place in Izmail.

Agenda of the seminar

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On June 15-16, 2006 the international Flood risk assessment seminar took place in Izmail.

Minutes of the seminar

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26 February - 5 March, 2006 study tour to UK took place

Minutes

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