The Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds has announced that 25 million euros out of 400 million euros for strengthening the civil protection system will be allocated to the Croatian islands for adaptation to climate change. Specifically, Life on Ošljak on the Croatian islands will receive these funds for adapting to climate change and managing climate 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 Karlovac – Sisak area. The strategy also includes plans for the establishment of regional civil protection centers in Varaždin, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, and Zagreb.
The Civil Protection Administration is currently engaged in the implementation of projects worth 300 million euros. An additional 200 million euros is planned. These projects focus on improving early warning systems, demining activities, constructing a new National Civil Protection Training Center (CZ), commissioning a new CZ Operations Center, modernizing communication systems within CZ information and communication systems, promoting equality among people with disabilities and protecting cultural heritage and critical infrastructure resilience. Additionally, procurement plans are underway for vehicles, vessels and equipment for members of State Emergency Service personnel and civil protection units as well as an educational vehicle – an earthquake simulator.
Furthermore, 105 million euros have been provided for remotely controlled systems for chemical-biological-radiological or nuclear decontamination and combatting cross-border threats to health safety. These resources will also be used to purchase containers and tents that can accommodate 1000 people in case there is a need for international assistance