Belgrade’s resilience journey
A historically significant city, modern Belgrade faces a number of challenges as Serbia emerges from over 20 years of political and economic crises. After decades of upheaval, Belgrade has emerged with a renewed energy for further integration with its European and Slavic allies, as well as cultural revitalization through the city’s renowned arts, music, and entertainment.
The city is looking to increase economic opportunities and affordable housing for its growing population, and to improve its capacity to utilize critical donations, including food and building materials.
Storage and disposal of toxic waste is a growing problem in Belgrade. Water management facilities have been partially developed, but require upgrading.
The city’s location at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers puts it at risk of both seasonal and flash flooding, threatening homes, infrastructure, and agriculture. In May 2014, Belgrade and Southeastern Europe experienced some of the worst flooding in over 200 years. Monitoring and early warning systems, as well as volunteer emergency response units, are helping mitigate weather-related emergencies.
Belgrade is looking for resilience strategies that will enable it to address this unique set of challenges.