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WACOM: Water Contingency Management in the Sava River Basin

Basic info:

Project Title

Water Contingency Management in the Sava River Basin

Project team: doc. dr. Primož Banovec,
Ajda Cilenšek,
Andreja Žerjav,
Davor Kvočka

30 months

07.2020 – 12.2022

Project Code: 315


Lead partner:

University of Ljubljana

Project leader: Assist. Prof. Dr. Primož Banovec
Other project partner’s organizations: Slovenian Water Agency – DRSV (SI),
Hydro power plants of Lower Sava River – HESS (SI),
Croatian Waters – Legal entity for water management – HV (HR),
Port Authority Slavonski Brod – LUSB (HR),
International Sava River Basin Commission – ISRBC (int),
Jaroslav Černi Water Institute – JCI (RS),
Association for Risk management AZUR – AZUR (BA),
Federal administration of civil protection – FUCZ (BA),
Civil protection administration of the Republic of Srpska – RUCZ (BA).
Source of finance: ERDF, IPA
Key words: Water contingency, floods, accidental pollution, Sava River Basin, oil spill



Key challenge of the WACOM project is identified lack of coordinated response procedures and tools in the case accidental pollution and floods on transboundary watercourses in Sava River Basin. This is a constrain limiting efficiency of the coping capacity and potentially affecting people, environment and water uses in the basin. Within the WACOM project it will be addressed by improved transboundary coping capacity. WACOM will enable development of response mechanisms, where some components were already implemented i.e. flood forecasting system for the Sava river basin, while the response component is still missing. Transnational as well as cross-sectorial interaction between the water management and civil protection administrations will be supported by improved operational response framework and rapid response toolbox. With the WACOM project, this will be implemented, leading to the coordinated response measures and improved interoperability of all involved institutions. With the harmonization process detailed cooperation procedures will be defined and operative toolbox developed. It will be tested and verified by pilot actions. At the final stage of the project the implementation strategy will be prepared supporting actual implementation of the developed tools and procedures.

Main goals

The main objective of the project is the reduction of environmental risks related to accidental pollution and floods, especially with potential transboundary impact by improved cooperation of key actors and jointly developed common operational system for activating the accident management protocols within the Sava River Basin. Beside the reduction of risks, project will also bring overall improved transnational cooperation on the Sava River Basin which requires specific attention, developing improved ties among people, institutions, and countries. This will result in the significant optimization of the resources applied. Sava river basin is an example of large river basin shared by several countries. With cooperation on such an important issue as accidental pollution and flood response mechanism, project will provide a demonstrative model for other river basins in the Danube River Basin and beyond.

Project work packages

WP Management,
WP Communication,
WP T1 Explore and define joint preparedness and response,
WP T2 Develop joint preparedness and response toolbox,
WP T3 Verify joint preparedness and response – pilot implementation,
WP T4 Strategy for the implementation of coordinated preparedness and response.


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