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JCI at a Glance References Selected Projects Water Management Information System of Serbia (WMIS)
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viss_01Contracting Authority:

  1. European Union (EuropeAid/121208/D/SV/YU),
  2. European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR/05/ SER/01/05/004)

Project Participants:

  1. Eptisa Internacional (Spain);
  2. „Jaroslav Černi“ Institute for the Development of Water Resources (Serbia);
  3. Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI) (Denmark)

JCI Project Team:
Marina Babić-Mladenović, Ph.d.C.E.; Miodrag Milovanović, B.S.C.E.; Dragana Ninković, B.S.C.E.; Prof. Stevan Prohaska, Ph.D.C.E; Dragoslav Isailović, Ph.D.C.E; Vasiljka Kolarov, B.S.C.E.; Brankica Majkić, B.S. in Geol.; Dragan Tutulić, B.S.C.E.; Sanja Kračunov, B.S.C.E.; Zoran Gavrilović, B.S. in Forestry; Dušan Đurić, B.S.C.E.; Dejan Dimkić, B.S.C.E.; Dragica Vulić, B.S. in Chem. Eng.; Miodrag Popović, B.S.C.E.; Danica Starinac, B.S.C.E.; Dragana Spasić, B.S.C.E.; and Tibor Slimak, B.S. in Geol.

The project „Preparation of the Water Management Information System for the Republic of Serbia“, supported by the EU, was implemented during the period from January 2007 to January 2009. The main goal of the project was to upgrade water sector information and data management, and lay the foundation for future activities in this area. The beneficiaries of the project are the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management/National Water Directorate and water management agencies.

The spatial data model (Figure 1) encompasses: surface waters, groundwater, the water structure, accidental pollution, erosion, excavation of sand and gravel, monitoring of surface water and groundwater quantity and quality, topography, and thematic data. The model is generally based on the current Water Law but the WMIS was also designed to support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) as part of Serbia’s EU accession process.

Several applications were used within the WMIS framework, including:  

  1. ArcMap (Figure 2), which supports the creation and use of thematic maps, visually displays spatial data, and offers a series of tools for advanced spatial analyses;
  2. ArcPad, intended for users who need to work with the GIS in the field;
  3. WMIS Editors, which allow for data search and retrieval, instantaneous multiple-user data entries and changes, and data validation prior to storage;
  4. CMS, an Internet presentation of the WMIS, which contains information about the WMIS project and allows the user to review WMIS data;
  5. A water management data review tool, which is a web application that uses a map to display data and allows for advanced searches, printing, and the like (Figure 3);
  6. Web GIS Services, or GIS resources, including a map, globe, locator and connection to the geographic database, located on the ArcGIS server and available for client applications;
  7. Temporal Analyst, a tool created for the management, review, testing, analysis and updating of data sets. It can also generate statistical graphs and maps.

Components which support flood action plans (monitoring of water levels, discharges, and status of hydraulic structures; relevant analyses; and real-time reporting), support to water inspector activities (identification of areas affected by accidental pollution), typology of surface waters, and the generation of national reports on surface water quality monitoring have also been developed.

In addition, the groundwork has been created for the establishment of advanced decision support systems, particularly for flood modeling and management, the register of water estate, public reporting, the implementation of the WFD and other EU directives, access to EU funds, and water budgeting.

The WMIS is a conceptual basis that offers the technical information system elements required for comprehensive monitoring and integrated management of water resources in Serbia. The preconditions for its further development and full application are the establishment of organizational resources and legal grounds for the collection, processing and validation of relevant data and information, and timely access to reliable data sets. Ongoing development of the WMIS will also require substantial investment, to support the collection and maintenance of required data, follow and implement information and advances of communication technology, and provide for appropriate staffing.

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