Project title: DANUBEPARKS - Danube River Network of Protected Areas – Development and Implementation of Transnational Strategies for the Conservation of the Natural Heritage at the Danube River
Project budget: € 2,720,950
Co-financing source: European Territorial Cooperation in South East Europe (ETC-SEE)
Project duration: March 2009 – February 2012
By signing the “Declaration of Vienna” the basic goals of DANUBEPARKS have been defined:
- Establishment of a network as a long-term platform for knowledge and experience transfer
- Elaboration and implementation of joint Danube-wide strategies and concepts
- Optimising the coherent management of the Danube natural heritage
- Strengthening each Protected Area at the local level through the development of a strong, joint voice for nature conservation on a Danube-wide scale.
From 2009 – 2010 Danube River Network of Protected Areas systematically tackled common challenges for the first time on a Danube-wide scale, promoting intense exchange of experience, elaborating transnational strategies and implementing demonstrative pilot projects. River dynamics being the basis for habitat health, one focus of DANUBEPARKS is on river morphology and river restoration.
Another important field is a strengthened habitat network with focus on management of forests and grasslands. Conservation of flagship species, in our case Sturgeons and White-tailed Eagle, is most illustrative of the need for a transnational approach in nature protection. Large parts of the Danube have been designated NATURA 2000 sites. DANUBEPARKS contributed to their management by establishing Danube-wide monitoring systems.