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Flood protection project in Brno

Organisation: Centre for Transport and Energy Website: Added: March 14, 2023
Project start date: January 12, 2022
Project end date: June 30, 2025


This project is part of the component titled Promoting biodiversity and combating drought, which is included in the Czech National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The aim of this investment is to provide nature-based flood and drought protection and flood risk management in the city of Brno. To be more specific, the aim is to improve or increase the retention potential of watercourse beds and adjacent floodplains, improving natural flood flows, implement measures to support natural flood control in floodplains, and make a positive contribution to biodiversity and the ecological status of the Svratka River.

Financial data

Estimated total expenditure. CZK 1.621 billion (EUR 68.6 million) Estimated total eligible expenditure under the Operational Programme Environment: CZK 1.2674 billion (EUR 53.6 million) Estimated subsidy from the RRF: CZK 762 million (EUR 32.3 million)


Efficient water use in the landscape requires significant investment in stream revitalization, drainage or wetland treatment, and steps to improve landscape structure. The overall allocation is too low and can only provide a fraction of the investment this particular project needs. For CZK 1.6 billion, 3 kilometres of the Svratka River in Brno will be modified. Still, the flood-fighting effect is mainly due to interventions in the entire basin area, where thousands of square kilometres of land and thousands of kilometres of watercourses need to be revitalised. In order to enable these changes to strengthen the water retention capacity of the landscape, the speed and quality of land use planning and zoning must be promoted and legislative barriers removed. Investments in green infrastructure in municipalities, buildings and roads that further support landscape functions could also help significantly. The overall allocation of this particular subcomponent should be, therefore, higher.

Information sources

Ministry website

Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.