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. 

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 - coop MDD Project Leaflet
    - 16-05-2017

    Project coop MDD has produced its first public output document - the Project Leaflet. In the publication you can find an overview of the project, its partners, major activities and expected results. 

  • coop MDD - Successful kick-off meeting of partners in coop MDD project
    - 07-03-2017

    The “coop MDD” project was officially launched last week in Noskovci by the Drava River in Croatia. At the 3-day kick-off meeting, hosted by the Public institution for nature conservation in Virovitica Podravina county, all 11 partners as...

  • coop MDD - Kick-Off meeting coop MDD
    - 06-02-2017

    Project partners in coop MDD project will have their first partner meeting from 28.2. to 1.3. 2017 in Noskovci (Croatia).  Please find the agenda of the meeting here.

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