Report on natural disasters in the Western Balkans created

Information about natural disasters in Western Balkan region is indispensable for developing master curricula for risk management in these countries. According to work package 1.1 a partnership between BOKU and all partners from the Western Balkans is foreseen to close the knowledge gap about natural disasters. Information about natural disasters, analysis of risk management aspects and survey of responsible institutes are documented for Western Balkan countries.
In this report information of several reports was merged to get an overview about all natural disasters in the Western Balkans. Natural disasters, which have occurred in Western Balkan countries, are qualitatively and/or quantitatively identified for all WB project partners.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a significant number of various kinds of natural disasters such as floods, landslides, earthquakes, wild fires, droughts, blizzard and snow drifts occurs with different frequency intensity.
Kosovo* is exposed to frequent floods, heavy snowfall, drought, and other meteorological hazards.
Occurrence of significant number of various kinds of natural disasters, of different frequency and intensity is specific for the territory of Serbia. With an average of 100 disasters in ten years from the beginning of the 19th century, number of the natural disasters by the end of the 20th century reached the number of even 2.800 disasters in ten years.
Each WB country pursues its own strategies, how to deal with natural disasters and how to manage the related risks. The objectives within this project include an assessment of the existing risk management in WB countries.
Also, the analysis of responsible institutes in line with natural disasters risk management was presented.
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