Bosnia, Croatia seek basin management plan

Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia invite expressions of interest from consultants to develop a management plan for the Neretva and Trebisnjica river basins. Responses are due August 17, 2009.

The Balkan neighbors received a GEF Trust Fund from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility to help finance the Neretva and Trebisnjica River Basin Management Plan.

Work is to include analysis of previous studies, hydrological data, and water quality data, and preparation of additional studies. The consultant also is to identify significant pressures, prepare a characterization report, identify environmental objectives, conduct economic analysis of water use, and develop the basin plan.

In April, Bosnia Finance Minister Dragan Vrankic said the Balkan country’s two autonomous regions, the Muslim-Croat federation and the Serb Republic, would invest 4 million euros (US$5.2 million) by 2013 in the overhaul of the 161-MW Rama hydropower project and the Trebisnjica River hydro plants, 168-MW Trebinje 1 and 8-MW Trebinje 2. (HydroWorld 8/22/07) German development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) signed an agreement in April to reschedule Bosnia’s 20 million euro (US$26.3 million) debt on condition that 20 percent of the amount be invested in hydropower projects.

German utility group RWE AG last year estimated about 2,000 MW could be produced by construction of hydropower plants on the Drina and Trebisnjica rivers in the east and on the Vrbas River in the west of the region. RWE expressed interest in investing more than 1 billion euros (US$1.27 billion) in the energy sector of Bosnia’s Serb region, including development of hydropower projects.

Expressions of interest in the basin management plan are due August 17. For information, contact Jovanka Aleksic, Project Coordinator, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Project Implementation Unit, Musala 9, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, (387) 33-203237; Fax: (387) 33-206141; E-mail:


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