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Strengthening the integration of disaster risk management and climate resilience in road transport to improve trade and competitiveness in the Western Balkans Region

Funded by: World Bank

Client: World Bank

Implementing partners: AMEC Foster Wheeler (UK), RAND Corporation (USA)

Overall project value: 689,754 US$

Countries: Western Balkans (Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro)

Implementing period: 05/2018 – 12/2019


Detailed description of project

The geographic coverage of the activity is the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). The primary analysis of the transport networks will be carried out first for regions/areas of the two TEN-T core corridors extended across the Western Balkans, namely Mediterranean corridor and Orient/ East-Mediterranean corridor.

It will overall advance the analytical knowledge to better inform and define possible measures and strategies to improve the Western Balkans Region’s Action Plan for Facilitating Trade and Transport against adverse natural events. The sub-activities will therefore be, in summary:

  1. a) Collection of all existing and useful data and information on hazards and transport/regional trade and competitiveness in Western Balkans to determine areas along Corridors which are potentially high risk and need more investigation,
  2. b) Modelling of the impact of disasters (current and with climate change and socio-economic changes) on these major transport corridors in the high risk areas identified,
  3. c) Cost-benefit analysis of engineering actions to reduce transport actions considering climate and socio-economic changes, and
  4. d) Decision-Making under Uncertainty model and Multi-Criteria Analysis to determine priority interventions and financing strategy.

The findings will support policy and institutional development relating to trade, transport infrastructure, natural hazards and climate related impacts and sustainable development. More specifically, the objectives of the proposed study shall be operational and usable by the authorities in the Client countries. The outputs delivered by the proposed study should be actionable and consists in scenarios that help for decision making.


Type of services provided

  • Adapt the existing methodology for climate change and natural hazard road network vulnerability assessment;
  • Data Collection, analysis and consultations with all involved stakeholders;
  • Collect and review legal and organizational framework in the Western Balkans countries, as well as Government development plans;