Restoration of the Strumica River Basin

As a continuation of the support to the Macedonian water and nature sector, Switzerland developed a group of projects that will assist the country to have cleaner water and a healthier environment, as well as to move forward in meeting its obligations towards the EU. Through this project, Citizens and farmers in the Strumica river basin will benefit from improved economic wellbeing as a result of a better ecological status of the river basin and reduced flooding hazards.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Klimawandel & Umwelt
Einsparung von Wasserressourcen
Schutz der Biosphäre
01.07.2014 - 31.12.2022
CHF  4’400’000

During the process of accession towards the EU, Macedonia has harmonized the national legislation on water management with the EU directives. Nevertheless, the Implementation of the legislation is lagging behind, mainly due to insufficient financial, human, administrative and technical capacities at central and local level. One ofthe biggest challenges is the application of management principles, like the integrated water resources management and the river basin governance. The Strumica River Basm is one of the four main basins in the country and is characterized by significant degradation of the ecological status of water bodies and the hydrological regimes, which leads to frequentoccurrence of harmfui hydrological events such as floods and droughts.


The economic wellbeing of the population and the environmental status of the Strumica River Basin have improved through integrated water resources management.

  • Five Municipalities in the river basin
  • Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning
  • Population in the Strumica River Basin
Mittelfristige Wirkungen
  • Citizens and farmers reduce pressures on water bodies and enhance resilience of the Strumica River Basin to the flooding hazards.
  • Municipalities and the central level authorities efficiently apply integrated water resource management in the Strumica River Basin.
  • The Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning is able to efficiently protect and sustainably use the groundwater in Macedonia.

Erwartete Resultate:  

  • Reduced point source of pollution;
  • Reduced diffuse source of pollution;
  • Overall resilience of communities to the flooding hazard is enhanced;
  • Decentralized and adaptive basin-scale management of water resources is introduced.

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

  1. Strumica River Basin Management Plan
  2. Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment. The preparatory phase enabled the most comprehensive data collection and synthesis for this basin so far.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Ostzusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Ausländische staatliche Institution
Organisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO)
  • Central State of South East
  • Ausländischer Privatsektor Süden/Osten
  • Entwicklungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    4’400’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    3’806’886
Projektphasen Phase 1 01.07.2014 - 31.12.2022   (Laufende Phase)