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Increasing local-level resilience and preparedness to respond to disasters
Commissioning Unit: Serbia
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 07/2016
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Serbia
Documents Related to overall Management Response:
 
1. Recommendation:

Connecting women from civil society organisations with women in municipal government structures; organising workshops with the aim to increase the capacity of women; and developing mechanisms for engaging with women in decision making, including during emergency situations, with such mechanisms serving as a model for other local governments in Serbia

Management Response: [Added: 2016/07/12]

UNDP has assisted the Government in engendering DRR Action Plan. The new Government is to adopt a National Action Plan to implement the National DRM Programme and this plan envisages mechanism for engaging women in decision making in the prevention and response phases, to reduce the risk of disasters

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Promoting the issue of gender equality at every stage of the planning, prevention, response process;
[Added: 2016/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/12]
UNDP Resilient Development Portfolio 2018/12 Completed History
Concerted advocacy at the stage of the design of activities to be implemented in the Action Plan to include women in decision making and in the segregated data collection
[Added: 2016/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/12]
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2. Recommendation:

The current system of cross-sectoral coordination in Serbia is insufficiently developed. It continues to be important for Serbia to develop a mechanism or a platform for coordinated decision making in the field of DRR, particularly at the local level.More efforts are needed by all relevant stakeholders to order to improve coordination mechanisms and increase the country’s ability to provide a coordinated response in emergency situations.

Management Response: [Added: 2016/07/12]

Support to the new Agency which is to be established by the new law on prevention and DRM management and which should unify cross-sectorial coordination

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Institutional support to the new agency to ensure coordination, by means of access to best practices and information about best cross-sectorial models.
[Added: 2016/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/12]
UNDP Resilient Development Portfolio 2018/12 Completed History
3. Recommendation:

An obvious disconnect identified during the course of the Project related to in decision making on the rivers defined in the 1st Category (which are the responsibility of national-level authorities) and the rivers and waterways defined in the 2nd Category (which are the responsibility of the municipalities). For rivers and waterways in the 1st Category, the basin approach is taken as the main method for water resource management and DRR, however, in the case of smaller rivers and waterways in the 2nd Category, management decisions are often made by individual municipalities without taking into account the needs and situations of those neighbouring municipalities upstream or downstream. Representatives from some municipalities expressed their concern about measures taken upstream but causing additional risks and problems downstream. In a limited number of cases, some signs of the formation of informal “basin councils” were identified, however, these were more an exception than the rule, and completely based on personal relationships between decision makers in neighbouring municipalities. It is therefore recommended that stakeholders conduct further work on the implementation of a true basin approach to managing Serbian water and land resources, which will contribute to the establishment of an effective DRR system

Management Response: [Added: 2016/07/12]

UNDP will advocate for the basin-wide competences in water management, in line with the EU Floods directive. To this end, planned revisions of the water management law will represent good opportunity.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a. advocacy for the revision of the water management law; b. advocacy for the more streamlined allocation of resources.
[Added: 2016/07/12] [Last Updated: 2018/12/12]
UNDP Resilient Development Portfolio 2018/12 Completed History

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