The Drin River Basin (DRB) is a transboundary river basin, which is home to 1.6 Million people and extends across, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece. Climate change and climate variability have been increasing the frequency, intensity and impact of flooding in the basin. Historical flood data from the Western Balkans suggests a more frequent occurrence of flood events, attributed to an uneven distribution of precipitation and torrential rain, particularly over the last decade. More and larger areas and, therefore, a greater population numbers are being affected by flooding with a strong impact on national economies. Future climate scenarios project a further increase in the likelihood of floods as well as in their destructive nature. Increased frequency and intensity of floods and droughts, increased water scarcity, intensified erosion and sedimentation, increased intensity of snow melt, sea level rise, and damage to water quality and ecosystems are forecasted. Moreover, climate change impacts on water resources will have cascading effects on human health and many parts of the economy and society, as various sectors directly depend on water such as agriculture, energy and hydropower, navigation, health, tourism – as does the environment.

The objective of the project is to assist the riparian countries in the implementation of an integrated climate-resilient river basin flood risk management approach in order to improve their existing capacity to manage flood risk at regional, national and local levels and to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities in the DRB to climate-induced floods. The countries will benefit from a basin-wide transboundary flood risk management (FRM) framework based on: improved climate risk knowledge and information; improved transboundary cooperation arrangements and policy framework for FRM and; concrete FRM interventions.


Project Component 1: Hazard and Risk Knowledge Management Tools USD 2,379,244
Project Component 2: Transboundary institutional, legislative and policy framework for FRM (Flood Risk Management) USD 1,120,756
Project Component 3: Community-based climate change adaptation and FRM interventions USD 5,000,000
Project execution cost USD 650,000
Total Project Cost USD 9,150,000
Implementing Entity Project Cycle Management Fee USD 777,750
Grant Amount USD 9,927,750



Project Documents

Attachment Type Size
Project document PDF 4 MB
PPR1 (for web) XLSX 226 KB
Inception Report PDF 729 KB
PPR2 (for web) XLSX 231 KB
Mid-term evaluation report PDF 3 MB
PPR3 (for web) XLSX 233 KB