The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds has announced that it will allocate 25 million euros out of the 400 million euros for strengthening the civil protection system to the 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.
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. Additionally, regional centers of civil protection are planned to be established in Varaždin, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, and Zagreb.
The Directorate of Civil Protection is currently engaged in the implementation of projects worth 300 million euros. These projects focus on improving the early warning system, demining, constructing a national teaching center for civil protection (CZ), commissioning a new operations center for CZ, modernizing information and communication systems for CZ, equalizing opportunities for persons with disabilities, protecting cultural heritage and resilience of critical infrastructure. Furthermore procurement of vehicles/vessels/equipment for members State Intervention Service/civil protection units is planned along with an educational vehicle – an earthquake simulator.
In addition to these efforts to improve its civil protection capabilities, Croatia has secured 105 million euros for remotely controlled systems for chemical biological radiological or nuclear decontamination and fighting cross-border health threats. Procurement of containers and tents to accommodate 1000 people have also been included in this budget allocation. This additional capacity will be available to Croatia if needed to provide international assistance in case of emergency situations.