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 organisations (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 - Amazon of Europe part of EU Strategy for the Danube Region
    - 20-10-2017

    Budapest – 6th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region was held between 18. and 19. October in Budapest, Hungary.  As the 5-country Biosphere Reserve “Mura, Drava and Danube” is mentioned in the Action Plan of the EU Strategy...

  • coop MDD - Representatives participate at MaB YOUTH FORUM
    - 06-10-2017

    Italy - Representatives from four protected areas within the future TBR MDD attended the MaB YOUTH FORUM in the Po Delta Biosphere Reserve, Italy from 8- 23 September. The forum was organized by UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere programme (MAB),...

  • coop MDD - Stakeholder workshop and study visit in Serbia
    - 02-10-2017

    The Institute for Nature Conservation of Vojvodina Province organised the Partner training on the stakeholder dialogue for the future UNESCO Transboundary Biosphere Reserve “Mura-Drava-Danube”. The workshop, held between 26 and 28...

  • coop MDD - Celebrating the “Amazon of Europe” – our shared natural heritage
    - 13-07-2017

    Letenye, Hungary – The international event “Amazon of Europe Celebration”, organised today in the framework of the “coop MDD” project in Letenye, brought together more than 100 people, NGOs and governmental institutions from five countries in...

  • coop MDD - AMAZON OF EUROPE CELEBRATION, Letenye, Hungary
    - 04-07-2017

    International coop MDD Kick-off Event “Amazon of Europe Celebration" will be organised on Wednesday, 12.07. 2017. at 15:00 hours in Letenye, Hungary.  Event will also celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the Croatian and Hungarian part of the...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)