Cross-border cascading risk management for critical infrastructure in Sava river Basin

Project title:             Cross-border cascading risk management for critical infrastructure in Sava river Basin

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Project duration:  03/2022-02/2024

Funding:                     UCPM-2021 EU Civil Protection Mechanism under GA Number 101048395

Project is focusing on the analysis of cross-border risks between Slovenia and Croatia caused by earthquakes and floods, as well as their possible cascading sequence of events along the Sava River. The two neighbouring countries in the CROSScade are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes and river flooding due to their position in the seismically active area (the juncture of three geotectonic units: the Alps in the north and west, the Dinarides in the southern, south-western and central part, the Pannonian Basin in the northeast) and near the end of major European river systems.

As a result of the recent earthquakes (March and December 2020) in Croatia, the integrity of the flood protection system and transportation networks was significantly damaged. By focusing on the earthquake aftermath, critical infrastructure managers (CIMs) and CPAs overlooked the impact of floods caused by the earthquake-induced failures in the flood protection system. Therefore, the CROSScade focuses on the vulnerability of flood protection system, hydropower plant dams and transport infrastructure, vital for CIMs and CPAs and for disaster relief operations.

The project is delivering a cross-border risk assessment methodology and action plans that is increasing the structural resilience of critical infrastructure and enhancing transboundary communication between CIMs and CPAs. The methodology is demonstrated in the cross-border pilot area of the Sava river basin and action plans to increase resilience in the region will be formulated.


 Our tasks:

  • Establishment of the cascading event tree and hazard scenarios
  • Development of risk assessment methodology for cross-border cascading hazard scenarios and its implementation on case-study area
  • Communication compatibility matrix and action plan for increasing the resilience of critical infrastructure and reducing the impacts of cascading h hazard events

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