jci logo vodaThe Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources (JCI) is the leading research organization in the Serbian water sector.

In addition to high-level research, JCI performs a wide variety of other activities which constitute its core functions, including: planning and engineering of water and hydropower infrastructures; engineer oversight of hydraulic projects; consulting services associated with the management of water resources, facilities, and systems; development of strategic planning documents; expert evaluations; and assistance in the drafting of national legislation, standards, methodologies, and guidelines.

JCI was founded in 1947 and was named after its first Director General Jaroslav Černi, a distinguished professional in the field of water. Over time, JCI has transformed into a notable, leading-edge organization, not only in the immediate region, but across the globe, having successfully implemented large and complex projects in more than thirty different countries.

Today, JCI is staffed by qualified and experienced scientific and engineering talent, has access to superior equipment, and applies cutting-edge technologies in addressing major challenges in the water and environmental sectors. More than half of JCI staff of 240 hold advanced degrees from highly-acclaimed educational institutions, with a significant number also being distinguished researchers and associate professors. JCI’s development focus is on achieving superior results, using state-of-the-art research and engineering methods, and applying advanced technologies and sophisticated instrumentation in the implementation of its innovative solutions.

JCI plays a significant role in education within the field of water resources management. JCI scientists teach at the University of Belgrade, the University of Novi Sad, the University of Niš, and the University of Banjaluka. Over the past ten years, JCI has hosted international training courses in water engineering for various experts from developing countries. These trainings have been supported by the governments of the Netherlands and of Serbia, and by UNESCO.
JCI’s substantial references include: countless water management facilities; the development and implementation of studies, plans, programs, and water management strategies; and active participation in the design and construction of all major water-related projects in Serbia, including research, investigations, and studies associated with the Iron Gate 1 and Iron Gate 2 Hydro Power and Navigations Systems, the Danube-Tisa-Danube Water System, and numerous hydroelectric power plants, as well as studies and designs for harbors and ports on the Adriatic Sea, and on the Danube and Sava Rivers. International experience includes a plethora of project designs and implementations, in Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Central and South America, and in Europe. JCI has particularly played an active role in water sector projects of Libya, Iraq, Iran, Algeria, and Peru.

Between 2001 and 2010, JCI played a major role in all Serbian water sector activities, in the areas of:
  • Development of water sector strategic documents: Water Management Strategy of Serbia and subsequent updates, Study of Sustainable Development of Serbia’s Water Sector, Instruments for the Development of Serbia’s Water Sector, and many others;
  • Legislative background studies and evaluations: the Water Law of the Republic of Serbia and a series of acts of secondary legislation;
  • Active participation in international water sector efforts: ongoing activities within the scope of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR); ongoing activities within the scope of the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC); development of groundwork for negotiations and drafting of bilateral agreements with Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro; and the like;
  • Development of comprehensive studies and project documents for all segments of the water sector: Study of the Belgrade Groundwater Source; Monitoring and Assessment of the Impact of the Iron Gate 1 and Iron Gate 2 HPP Reservoirs on the Riparian Lands of the Danube River; Feasibility Study of Potential Water Supplies for the Šumadija Region and the Morava River Basin; Study of Flood Forecasting and Warning Reliability Enhancement; comprehensive research and investigations associated with the development of riparian drainage systems; Detailed Design for the Prvonek Dam and Reservoir; the Drina Water Information System; torrential stream and erosion management master plans; Study of Extreme Hydrologic Events in Serbia (Floods and Droughts); Study of Measures and Activities Required to Establish an International Waterway on the Sava River; Study of Ice Management on the Danube River, and many more.