WACOM Water Contingency Management in the Sava River Basin

The lack of coordinated response to emergencies in case of accidental pollution and floods on transboundary watercourses in Sava River Basin is our key challenge. The situation is a threat to people, environment and all water uses in the basin. It should be addressed by improved transboundary coping capacity. For that purpose International Sava River Basin Commission defined a strategic policy framework with several ratified protocols. 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. This was proven during recent accidents: accidental pollution of the Spreča river in 2018 and extreme flood event on Sava river basin in 2014.  
Transnational as well as cross-sectorial interaction between the water management and civil protection administrations is also identified as a necessity. They 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. Finally the strategy will be prepared for its implementation. In this way the platform will be set for improved cooperation, which will be harmonized with other agreements and EU procedures – i.e. EU Civil protection mechanism as well. The project will be based upon already adopted protocols, upgrading them with innovative toolbox supporting the cooperation and joint situational awareness and thus improving preparedness and implementation of transboundary response measures. With several stages of learning interactions this will be verified by pilot actions with implementation strategy defined at the final stage of the project.

Water Contingency Management in the Sava River Basin
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1570581
ERDF Contribution: 1040086.35
IPA Contribution: 294907.5
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 3
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve preparedness for environmental risk management


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
University of Ljubljana Lead partner primoz.banovec@fgg.uni-lj.si Slovenia
Slovenian Water Agency ERDF partner stanka.koren@gov.si Slovenia
Hydro power plants of Lower Sava River ERDF partner ambroz.bozicek@he-ss.si Slovenia
Croatian Waters – Legal entity for water management ERDF partner mgubic@voda.hr Croatia
Port Authority Slavonski Brod ERDF partner Vjekoslav.jankovic@lucka-uprava-brod.hr Croatia
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Project News

  • WACOM - 3rd International Conference of Effective Response
    - 17-11-2021
    3rd International Conference of Effective Response

       As a member of the EUSDR PA5 Disaster Management Working Group the Civil protection Administration of the Republic of Srpska (RUCZ) was invited to the 3rd International Conference of Effective Response on the 5th of November 2021 in...

  • WACOM - Sava NewsFlash No.21
    - 29-10-2021
    Sava NewsFlash No.21

    The information on the WACOM project has been published in the Sava NewsFlash, the official bulletin of the International Sava River Basin Commission. The publication is available here.  

  • WACOM - 8th Technical meeting
    - 28-10-2021
    8th Technical meeting

    The 8th WACOM project technical meeting was held on October 25th and 26th in the Congress Hall of the Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure in a hybrid mode. The project partners discussed on the outcomes of the 3 regional...

  • WACOM - Regional Workshop (BA/RS), Županja (HR), September 23, 2021
    - 24-09-2021
    Regional Workshop (BA/RS), Županja (HR), September 23, 2021

                             On Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Županja, Croatia, the 3rd Regional Workshop was held within the project Water Contingency Management in the Sava River Basin (WACOM). The workshop " Accident with spillage of a...

  • WACOM - Regional Workshop (HR/BA), Slavonski Brod (HR), September 16, 2021
    - 17-09-2021
    Regional Workshop (HR/BA), Slavonski Brod (HR), September 16, 2021

    On Thursday, September 16, 2021 in Slavonski Brod, Croatia, the 2nd Regional Workshop was held within the project Water Contingency Management in the Sava River Basin (WACOM). The workshop "Preparation of the table-top exercise: Accident...

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