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Within the Second Call for Proposals of Interreg - IPA Bulgaria-Turkey Cross-border Cooperation Program in cooperation with the Municipality of Uzunköpr and Dimitrovgrad start the implementation of the "Joint Initiatives for Flood Resilience Across Watersheds in CB Region/ FLOOD RESILIENCE” project with reference number CB005.2.11.113, which is a continuation of the PREVENT project, carried out under the first call for proposals of the same program.

The Flood Resilient Project will be implemented between July 23, 2019 and April 23, 2021 for 21 months and activities will be undertaken to prevent and mitigate the effects of natural and man-made disasters in the cross-border region within the competence of the municipalities of Dimitrovgrad and Uzunkopru. The total amount of the project is EUR 585 725,04.

Within the project; Uzunkopru and Dimitrovgrad municipalities will provide special equipment for riverbed cleaning, will analyze and identify "hot spots" with increased flood risk, and will work to raise awareness of local people about disaster prevention and rescue activities.

In addition, a joint volunteer group of citizens and young people will be set up under the project with aim to manage disasters.

Also the project activities include; analysis and mapping of flood hazard areas in the Uzunkopru and Dimitrovgrad areas. Innovative approaches will be implemented to ensure the sustainability of flood prevention measures in the cross-border area: both municipalities will purchase and use special machines to clean local riverbeds to prevent local flooding in the cross-border area. The river beds identified in the area will be cleaned and training will be provided for disaster protection among local people and children. It is also envisaged to create an online platform for the Joint Volunteer Group to reduce the risk of flooding in the cross-border region and ensure sustainability and cooperation on the project.

     In the frame of the project PREVENT/ CB005.1.11.165 which is implementing under the European Union Funded Interreg-IPA Bulgaria - Turkey Cross-Border Cooperation Program coordinated in Turkey by its National Authority – Ministry of European Union Affairs in Uzunkopru and Dimitrovgrad were successfully introduced early warning systems in operation.

     After realization of the project Uzunkopru Municipality introduced in operation a Flood Prevention Information System. The system includes four water level measuring stations and one control centre where up-to-date information on the level of the Krkkakak River water is obtained, is being installed in the Ataturk Cultural Centre of Uzunkopu Municipality. The system allows 48 hours before the disaster to alert the appropriate authorities and instances to take the necessary precautions.


     At the same time, a Fire Observation and Early Warning System was set up in Dimitrovgrad. The system consists of a thermal camera located in an automatic control tower and a control center. The tower is located near the village of Krepost and sends video images to the control center built in the building of Dimitrovgrad municipality. Thanks to the thermal camera, it is ensured that the fires are detected at a very early stage and by signalization send to the control center is ensured warning the relevant instances on time.


In the framework of the second call for proposals of Interreg - IPA Bulgaria-Turkey Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020, with the project activities of the Joint Action on Flood Resistance in the Cross-border Region / FLOOD RESILIENCE - FLOOD SUSTAINABLE / with number CB005.2.11.113 implementing in cooperation of Uzunkopru Municipality and Dimitrovgrad Municipality the first working meeting and press conference on the project was held on December 5-6, 2019 in Dimitrovgrad.

The press conference was attended by journalists from local newspapers, social media and television reporters from the Haskovo region. At the meeting, Mayor of Dimitrovgrad Ivo Dimov explained that the current project is the fourth joint project between the two municipalities and their second joint project for prevention of local floods.


The Mayor of Uzunköprü Ozlem Becan said that it was planned to buy professional machines that would help the two municipalities successfully to work to prevent any flooding in the target region. It was announced that it was not possible to purchase these machines with funds from the budgets of the two municipalities and thanks to the project and these machines many river beds in the region would be cleaned.

Project coordinators and municipal experts from both countries participated in the project partnership meeting. During the meeting, the main activities of the project, the joint work to be done and their time planning were discussed.

Two project partners prepared a Joint Strategy for Preventing and Mitigating the Consequences of Natural and Man-made Disasters . For the Strategy document please click STRATEGY

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Realized opening ceremony in Uzunkopru under the European Union Funded Project "PREVENT";

The project PREVENT/ CB005.1.11.165 which is implementing under the European Union Funded Interreg-IPA Bulgaria - Turkey Cross-Border Cooperation Program coordinated in Turkey by its National Authority – Ministry of European Union Affairs is in its final stage of

In this context, on May 31 was realized the official opening ceremony of the installed system for Early Warning System of Flood situations, which was established on the Ergene River and Kırkavak river by Uzunköprü Municipality.

The opening ceremony of the flood early warning system, which is of great importance for the Uzunkopru Municipality, was attended by the Mayor of the municipality Av. Enis ISBILEN,Vice-President of Dimitrivgrad Municipality and representatives of other relevant institutions
and project team members. In addition, the Ministry of the EU Affairs and program expertwas attended to the opening.

In his opening speech, Mayor Av. Enis İŞBİLEN explained the importance of the flood warning system for the Uzunkopru, which automatically measures several times per minute at 4 different water level measuring stations located on the river and sends information to the monitoring center established in the municipality and warns the authorities 48 hours before the event.

In his opening speech, Yaşo Minkov - Deputy Mayor of the Bulgarian Partner Dimitrovgrad Municipality who participated in the opening meeting, presented information on the Forest Fires Automatic Surveillance Tower that is already established on the Bulgarian side.
In addition to the automation warning systems that were established in both countries, it was announced that an online common platform was established to enable the related Bulgarian and Turkish institutions to act more quickly and coordinately in a joint network.

The meeting ended with the wishes of continuing friendship and partnership work among the partners.

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Dimitrovgrad Municipalty Project Coordinator
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Uzunköprü Municipalty Project Coordinator
İbrahim Çekiç

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