The 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. JCI has a total staff of 240 and more than half 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 Banja Luka. In 1980s, JCI has hosted international training courses in water engineering for various experts from developing countries. These training courses have been supported by the governments of the Netherlands and of Yugoslavia, and by UNESCO.

JCI Organisation

Jaroslav Cerni Institute organization 

JCI has a senior management comprising a Director General and two assistant Directors supported by a technical team providing finances and accounting, legal and human resources and technical expertise.

These departments are:

  • DO1- Department of Hydraulics
  • DO3 - Department of Hydrogeology and Groundwater
  • DO4 - Department of Hydraulic Reclamation
  • DO5/1 - Department of Erosion and Torrent Control
  • DO5/2 - Department of River Engineering
  • DO6 - Department of Water Supply, Sewerage, and Water Protection
  • DO7 - Department of Dams, Hydropower, Mines, and Roads and
  • DO8 - Department of Scientific Research and Information Technology

Core Activities

The core activities of JCI can be divided as follows:

  • Theoretical and applied research in the fields of hydraulic engineering, water management, and hydropower utilization, including, Hydraulics, Hydrology, Rock Mechanics, Soil Physics, Chemistry and Mathematical Modelling.
  • Studies and expert reports in the areas of water management, hydropower harnessing, and environmental protection including: Water use, Water protection, Protection against the adverse effects of water, Hydropower utilization and Environmental protection.
  • Development of master plans, preliminary designs, and detailed designs in the areas of water management, hydropower harnessing, and environmental protection, addressing: Water use, Water protection, Protection against the adverse effects of water, Hydropower utilization and Environmental protection.
  • Consulting in the management of water resources and water infrastructure, including: Research and investigations, Design, Construction and Maintenance of infrastructures.
  • Development of strategic documents in the areas of water management and environmental protection, including; National water management plans and strategies; Regional water management plans and strategies; and Environmental protection strategic plans.
  • Active participation in the drafting of national legislation, standard methodologies and guidelines, including: The new Water Law of the Republic of Serbia, Acts of secondary legislation associated with the Serbian Water Law, Water and energy management standards; and Water and hydropower management methodologies and guidelines.
  • International activities covering: Participation in the drafting of international water management agreements; Service on international water management commissions and bodies; Participation in international water management projects; Implementation of EU water directives; Organization and hosting of conferences, symposia and workshops in Serbia; and Participation in international conferences.
  • Educational and Training Activities including: Engagements at institutions of higher learning in the country and abroad and On-going training of JCI personnel.

JCI has an excellent reputation, as evidenced by the numerous and very significant references JCI has accumulated over the last fifty years. In addition to producing countless studies, plans, project documents, and water management strategies, JCI participated in the design and construction of the most significant water systems and facilities in Serbia and a large number of outstanding facilities in the former Yugoslavia and around the world.

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.

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