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The origins of the Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources (JCI) date back more than sixty years. It was initially an experimental hydraulics laboratory which provided scientific support to the development of our country’s first hydroelectric power plants. Over the years, JCI grew and expanded its research, investigation, planning, design and engineering activities to encompass all water management segments in the former Yugoslavia. In addition to its domestic activities, JCI successfully undertook diverse projects in more than twenty countries across the globe.

Following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, JCI prevailed despite a major social and economic crisis and later continued to expand its operations. Today, JCI is the focal institution in Serbia's water sector, in terms of professional capacity and scope. In addition, many JCI projects are implemented in neighboring countries and it is an active participant in Serbia's international water-sector activities.

JCI currently employs some 250 individuals, including 13 doctors of science and 170 masters of science and university graduates in various disciplines (civil/hydraulic and structural, hydrogeological, chemical, environmental, forest, mechanical, electrical, mathematical and biological engineers; architects, economists, lawyers, etc.). JCI also maintains close ties with universities, diverse organizations, and domestic and international experts.

JCI has a number of laboratories (for hydraulic, water quality, biochemical, soil and sediment research), and cutting-edge instrumentation for field measurements and analyses in the areas of geophysics, hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, and the like. It also operates a state-of-the-art information system and possesses a large library of advanced software used in water research and management. JCI has itself developed sophisticated software to address specific problems.

Serbia is currently faced with extremely important and extensive tasks in its water sector. Dramatically reduced spending over the past 25 years has led to a significant falling behind in the construction of necessary water infrastructures and, to some extent, in the very organization and structuring of Serbia's water sector. Water sector investment needs are currently estimated at a minimum of 6-8 billion Euros. Investments and efficient water sector management arrangements are indispensable for appropriate action and the achievement of targeted status in the areas of water protection, water use, and protection against the adverse effects of water. Serbia has enacted a new Water Law and is currently drafting a series of related bylaws. In parallel, it needs to upgrade government and economic capacities and undertake extremely important reforms in its economic and finance sectors. In summary, major efforts need to be made during the next 15-20 years to harmonize Serbia's water sector arrangements with EU requirements, and at the same time achieve a water status which reflects legitimate societal needs.

JCI will continue along its path of ongoing capacity development and enhancement. It will also persist in retaining its role as one of the key drivers of state administration capacity building during these times of turbulent water sector development. It will continue to follow its policy of hiring and developing human resources; over the past decade, JCI has hired more than one hundred young professionals-beginners.

One of JCI's development goals is enhanced networking with international and national institutions. JCI will resolutely seek to continue its cooperation efforts with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), UNESCO, the International Water Association (IWA), the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube Catchment Area (IAWD), and others. Toward this goal, JCI will set up or participate in the establishment of national and international centers devoted to collaboration and capacity building in the water sector. In parallel, it will seek to make breakthroughs in new foreign markets.

JCI launched its first website a number of years ago. However, that web presentation did not adequately reflect JCI's complex organizational structure, broad range of activities, and extensive domestic and international references. I hope that the new version of our website will present a true picture of JCI for both past and future users.

We live in times of rapid communication technology development and, consequently, this type of presentation is extremely important for all institutions, especially those that collaborate with many partners, both within the country and abroad. JCI's new website will certainly contribute to the continued development of collaboration with our current partners on scientific and technical projects, and to the establishment of new cooperative efforts.

In closing, I would like to welcome all visitors to our new website, hoping that this presentation will help them find needed information and bring them closer to JCI. Our doors will always be open, not only to our business partners and associates, but to all those who wish to familiarize themselves with water sector issues and problems, and JCI's role in their resolution.




Prof. Dr. Milan A. Dimkić
Director General

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