Project relevance:

Weather extremes, intensified by climate change, can more and more frequently lead to the development of hydrological hazards in SE Europe. Among these, drought and inland excess water inundation have the largest areal coverage and also the greatest regular impact on the agro-economic potential and sustainable development of the region. In spite of several earlier initiatives the estimation and mitigation of related risks has not reached an operative level yet in the Hungarian-Serbian cross-border region. 
The present project proposal primarily aims at the development of innovative and harmonised monitoring solutions and water management operational plans to facilitate early warning and raise outputs to an operative level. 
The project overall target, to support the mitigation to drought and excess water risks by improved water management, is directly connected to PA5 of EUSDR, focusing planning and implementing transboundary risk management

Project objectives:

The main objective is to mitigate risks related to weather extremes in the Hungarian-Serbian cross-border region by developing novel solutions for monitoring drought, inland excess water and canal conditions; quantifying agricultural and economic risks; facilitating integrated canal management; and establishing a joint HUSRB-CB Drought and Excess Water Management Centre.

Proposed project activities:

In order to decrease environmental risks, primarily drought and excess water, four main coherent activity packages are planned to implement in the Hungarian-Serbian CBC area, which effectively contribute to the improvement of CB water management and risk prevention systems: 1) Improving monitoring solutions supporting water management to mitigate the hazards 2) Drought and excess water impact and agricultural risk assessments 3) Improving the operation of water management systems 4) Establishing a HUSRB-CB Drought and Excess Water Management Centre. The main results are improved methods and solutions for high precision monitoring of drought and inland inundations, increased knowledge of socio-economic risks and impacts, improved operation of pilot long canal systems and freely available spatial information.

Expected results:

The results will improve the operation of a 84 km long canal system in Hungary and a 28 km long system in Serbia. The proposed and implemented measures will enhance drainage capacity during excess water flooding, and at the same time water retention capacity for mitigating droughts. The established Centre will continuously generate and publish free datasets and maps on the hazard monitoring.

The foreseen starting date is 01/10/2017 and the ending date is 30/09/2019.

The project was submitted to the Interreg–IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary–Serbia 2014-2020 and selected by the Monitoring Committe for support (recently under condition clearing phase). The project received letter of recommendation from EUSDR PA5 in 2017 before submission.

Total project budget: cca. 850.000 EUR

Project Leader: University of Szeged, Department of Physical Geography and Geoinformatics

Partnership: Lower-Tisza-District Water Directorate, Hungary
University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences, Serbia
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia
Public Water Management Company Vode Vojvodine, Serbia

Contact details: Mr. György Sipos (gysipos@geo.u-szeged.hu) and Ms. Viktoria Blanka-Végi (blankav@geo.u-szeged.hu)