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. The strategy also includes plans to establish regional centers of civil protection in Varaždin, Osijek, Rijeka, Split, and Zagreb.
In addition to these projects, the Directorate of Civil Protection is currently engaged in implementing projects worth 300 million euros. These projects focus on improving the early warning system, demining, constructing the National Teaching Center of Civil Protection (CZ), commissioning the new Operations Center of the CZ, modernizing the information and communication system of the CZ, equalizing opportunities for persons with disabilities, and protecting cultural heritage and critical infrastructure resilience. Procurement of vehicles, vessels and equipment for members of State Intervention Service and civil protection units is also planned as well as acquisition an educational vehicle – an earthquake simulator.
Furthermore, 105 million euros have been secured for remotely controlled systems for chemical biological radiological or nuclear decontamination and fight against cross-border threats to health as well as procurement containers tents to accommodate 1000 people. These additional capacities will be available to Croatia in case there is a need for international assistance provision.