coop MDD - Transboundary Management Programme for the planned 5-country Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube”

Spanning across Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia, the riverine landscape of the lower courses of the Drava and Mura and related Danube sections form a 700 kilometres long “green belt” connecting almost 1,000,000 hectares of highly valuable natural and cultural landscapes into one of Europe’s most important bio-corridors. 

Since 1993, non-governmental rganisations (NGOs) and public authorities have cooperated to work towards the protection of this unique landscape. This process is now culminating as the official nomination to  United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is under way in all countries. This will lay the foundation of the world’s first five country Transboundary Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube” (TBR MDD) - the “Amazon of Europe”.

Now however, we need to build the house. Through strengthening the cooperation between protected area administrations and raising awareness for the need of protection with local public and relevant authorities, project partners aim to create conditions for the successful management of the TBR MDD. 

The main project output - the Transboundary Management Programme for River-Dynamic Corridor Development - should become the baseline strategic and operational work programme towards establishment and successful management of the TBR MDD. It will ensure harmonized management practices and well-functioning cooperation among the various management authorities.

Pilot implementation actions bring the Transboundary Management Programme to the ground: Local Action Plans addressing concrete river restoration measures and continuous stakeholder involvement translate the transnational work to specific smaller region. River Schools will support environmental education and thus raise understanding of the need for transboundary nature protection activities.  

Amazon of Europe is a stunning river landscape that hosts an amazing biological diversity and is a hotspot of rare natural habitats such as large floodplain forests, river islands, gravel and sand banks. This project is an important step towards coherent protection and management of these habitats across borders, while ensuring support and engagement of the local public. 

Find out more about the "coop MDD" in our project leaflet.

Transboundary Management Programme for the planned 5-country Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube”
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2154000
ERDF Contribution: 1609900
IPA Contribution: 221000
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
World Wide Fund for Nature Austria - WWF Austria Lead partner Austria
Office of the State Government of Styria, Department 13 – Environment and Spatial Planning, Section Nature Conservation ERDF partner Austria
Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation ERDF partner Slovenia
Municipality Velika Polana ERDF partner Slovenia
Public institution for nature protection of Virovitica-Podravina County ERDF partner Croatia
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Project News

  • coop MDD - Serbian part of TBR MDD approved by UNESCO MAB ICC
    - 14-06-2017

    Paris – “coop MDD” partners welcome the decision of the International coordination council of the UNESCO „Man and Biosphere Program” to include the the Backo Podunavlje biosphere reserve into their World List of Biosphere Reserves, at their Paris...

  • coop MDD - Reporting meeting
    - 14-06-2017

    Koprivnica, Croatia - In order to prepare good reports for the 1st phase of the project and answer any open questions about reporting, budgeting and documentation, the Reporting meeting of the “coop MDD” project was organised on 13th June 2017 in...

  • coop MDD - BIOBLITZ - 24 Hours with River Mura
    - 14-06-2017

    Veržej, Slovenia - Institute for Nature Conservation Slovenia (ZRSVN) carried out the first local event in the framework of the “coop MDD” project. The event “BIOBLITZ - 24 Hours with River Mura” aims to raise awareness for conservation of...

  • coop MDD - National awareness raising event in Slovenia
    - 07-06-2017

    The "coop MDD" national event in Slovenia is organized under the umbrella of the event Bioblizt - 24 hours with the Mura River. Programe of the event: Friday, 9.6. 2017 9:00 - 23:00 Stand of the "coop MDD" project with the...

  • coop MDD - Project partners visit Biosphere Reserve on the Elbe River in Germany
    - 06-06-2017

    Havelberg, Dessau – Last week project partners in the “coop MDD” project, financed by EU through the Interreg Danube Transboundary Programme 2014-2020, visited the Biosphere Reserve on Elbe River in Germany. The Biosphere Reserve Flusslandschaft...

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