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Final workshop within the project “Development of a Decision Support System for Reducing Risk from Environment Pollution in the Bosna River"

Final workshop within the project Development of a Decision Support System for Reducing Risk from Environment Pollution in the Bosna Riverwas held in Doboj,on the premises of Hotel Integra on 1 April 2014.

 Project implementation started in 2011, and it will officially end in May 2014. Main project objective is to develop a Decision Support System (DSS). DSS allows identification of major risk related to environmental pollution in the basin and prioritization of relevant substances which are specific for the selected river basin. It also proposes technical solutions for the reduction of the pollution.

For the implementation of this project, the Bosna River basin was chosen as a pilot project area, since extremely high pollution pressures have been registered in previous projects.

For the purpose of achieving project objectives, modern sampling techniques and sophisticated quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques for the analysis of the priority substances in the Bosna River were applied during the period of past two years.

Results of the analysis have been elaborated by the experts of the Hydro-Engineering Institute from Sarajevo but under expert instructions provided by the Slovak Institute with an intention to achieve the planned project goals including the following:

  • Identification of the ecological and chemical status of the Bosna River and maximum allowed concentration of priority substances that can be discharged into the water course by polluters in accordance with the principles of the EU Framework Water Directive;
  • Preparation of the list of priority substances specific to the Bosna River water course that require monitoring;
  • Preparation of a proposal for the technical measures for the reduction of the pollutants, including economic analysis;
  • Development of an investment scenario for decision makers; and
  • Improvement of scientific collaboration between participant countries, Slovakia and BiH.

Results of the project activities were presented at the final workshop. The workshop was attended by the representatives from relevant institutions for water management and environmental protection of the Federation FbIH and the Republic of Srpska, industries, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

For the access to the introductory speech, presentations and photos taken during the workshop, please visit the following link: 



On Friday, 28 March 2014, 15:00 h, doc. dr. Aleksandra Knežević, held a lecture entitled: “Addressing Development Challenges – Agriculture and Water Management” in a lecture-room for postgraduate studies.


Project SEE River: The Third Steering Committee Meeting

Hydro-Engineering Institute Sarajevo (HEIS) was a host to the 3rd Quality Management Board Meeting and the 2nd Toolkit Evaluation Workshop for the project partners within the project SEE RIVER – Sustainable Integrated Management of International River Corridors in SEE Countries. These events were held on the 11th and 12th of March 2014 in Hotel Saraj in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The meeting and the workshop were followed by the 6th Study Visit on the 13th of March 2014 with the purpose to visit different locations along the Neretva River.

Hydro-Engineering Institute in Sarajevo (HEIS) is one of 26 project partners from 11 countries within Transnational Cooperation Program for SEE. SEE River project started in October 2012 and will last 24 months. The project is co-financed by ERDF and IPA funds.

The main project objective is to establish and strengthen the multi-sectoral network of stakeholders sharing the international river corridor territory in order to gain knowledge on planning and implementing processes for integration of existing sectoral policies, plans and programs in order to reach consensus on integrative management of international river corridors, taking into account both the development and the conservation interest.

This meeting of all project partners’ representatives served for regular update of the current and future project activities, with the accent on the review of the activities in relation to the Toolkit preparation and pilot activities of Drava River as well as for other 5 international river corridors for the rivers of Bodrog, Prut, Soča, Neretva and Vjosa. Key challenges have been discussed, as well as final outputs of the pilot activities and approach to the identification of follow up projects and their integration into the Pilot Action Plans.

The Study visit included visits to several places along the Neretva River:

·         Konjic where the expert associate of the branch office of the Agency for Water Area of the Adriatic Sea, Mr. Edin Kraljušić, explained shortly current and future activities of this office on pollution reduction in this area,

·         Jablanica where the participants could see the oldest and the largest HPP on the Neretva River with the reservoir lake of 30 km max. length as well as some historic sites from the Second World War (the Bridge on the Neretva River),

·         Mostar– the Old Bridge and its old town included in the List of the Cultural Heritage Sites protected by UNESCO,

·         the Buna River water source in Blagaj, one of the strongest and most beautiful karst water source in Europe with the capacity of 43 m3/sec., and finally

·         Nature Park Hutovo Blato with area of 7,411 ha included in the list of the internationally important bird areas and the list of the Ramsar Internationally Important Wetland Areas, this site being one of the largest bird wintering grounds in Europe in their migration seasons.



On Friday, 14 March 2014, 15:00 h, Mr. Božo Knežević held a lecture entitled: “Law Water Management” in a lecture-room for postgraduate studies.



On Friday, 7 March 2014, 14:00 h, Mr. Ranko Tica held a lecture entitled: “GIS and Business Intelligence” in a lecture-room for postgraduate studies.


Researchers’ Meeting – 21 Februar 2014

On Friday, 21 February 2014, 15:00 h, Fethi Silajdžić, director of ENOVA, held a lecture entitled: “The Effect of Corporate Culture on a Company’s Performance” in a lecture-room for postgraduate studies.

In Sarajevo was held 4th Steering Committee meeting of the project "GREEN Partnerships - Local Partnerships for greener cities and regions"

Hydro Engineering Institute Sarajevo was the organizer of the 4th Steering Committee meetingfor the project "GREEN Partnerships - Local Partnerships for greener cities and regions". Meeting was held in the period from 04th to 07th February, 2014 in the premises of Hotel Saraj in Sarajevo. All project partners attended the meeting, including the Project Officer of MED Programme Mr. Javier Gomez Prieto.

Within the Steering Committee meeting were organized study visits whose aim was to introduce partners with examples of successful implementation of projects in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Sarajevo Canton. Study visits were organized in the solar collectors’ factory in Vogošća as an example of the use of renewable energy sources in the Sarajevo Canton, and in Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Sarajevo,which is an example of energy efficient and certified building. During the visit to the factory partners were familiar with the production process and the way of installation and operation of solar collectors. The presentation of the Project of Energy Efficiency for Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Sarajevo which result was reconstruction, energy audit and certification of the building, was held by Svetlana Zecevic, B. Arch.

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