Within the Second Call for Proposals of Interreg - IPA Bulgaria-Turkey Cross-border Cooperation Program in cooperation with the Municipality of Uzunköpr and Dimitrovgrad start the implementation of the "Joint Initiatives for Flood Resilience Across Watersheds in CB Region/ FLOOD RESILIENCE” project with reference number CB005.2.11.113, which is a continuation of the PREVENT project, carried out under the first call for proposals of the same program.
The Flood Resilient Project will be implemented between July 23, 2019 and April 23, 2021 for 21 months and activities will be undertaken to prevent and mitigate the effects of natural and man-made disasters in the cross-border region within the competence of the municipalities of Dimitrovgrad and Uzunkopru. The total amount of the project is EUR 585 725,04.
Within the project; Uzunkopru and Dimitrovgrad municipalities will provide special equipment for riverbed cleaning, will analyze and identify "hot spots" with increased flood risk, and will work to raise awareness of local people about disaster prevention and rescue activities.
In addition, a joint volunteer group of citizens and young people will be set up under the project with aim to manage disasters.
Also the project activities include; analysis and mapping of flood hazard areas in the Uzunkopru and Dimitrovgrad areas. Innovative approaches will be implemented to ensure the sustainability of flood prevention measures in the cross-border area: both municipalities will purchase and use special machines to clean local riverbeds to prevent local flooding in the cross-border area. The river beds identified in the area will be cleaned and training will be provided for disaster protection among local people and children. It is also envisaged to create an online platform for the Joint Volunteer Group to reduce the risk of flooding in the cross-border region and ensure sustainability and cooperation on the project.