D2C DaRe to Connect - Supporting Danube Region’s ecological Connectivity by linking Natura 2000 areas along the Green Belt

What is the GreenBelt?

With the European Green Belt, an extraordinary ecological network and living memorial landscape has been developed along the former Iron Curtain. In the area of the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme (DTB) the European Green Belt connects 10 countries. It forms a backbone of the Pan-European ecological network and can provide a significant contribution to EU Green Infrastructure (GI) and TEN-G.

We dare to connect!

However, the Green Belt still suffers from a certain level of not sufficiently connected habitats and valuable landscapes. The main objective of the „DaRe to Connect (D2C)“ project is therefore the implementation of the EU Danube Strategy by further transnational development of the connectivity of the Green Belt as backbone of EU Green infrastructure (EU GI) by maintaining and enhancing ecosystems and their services.

Technology, nature and people

The project defines feasible ecological corridors between Natura 2000 areas on transnational and macro-regional level by innovative GIS and remote sensing approaches, partly based on newly available EU-Copernicus (Sentinel) data.         

Then, the project will provide concrete guidance and recommendations on planning and establishment of transnational ecological corridors connecting Natura 2000 areas on local and regional level, derived from pilot actions.

Results will be mainstreamed via a transnational strategic vision "Green Belt in the Danube Region 2030” to be endorsed by national political stakeholders.  

The improvement of capacities of responsible public bodies and NGOs will lead to better understanding as well as to an improved knowledge exchange and cooperation.

PR-work and events will give local/regional people and politicians an understanding of how connectivity and ESS can contribute to human wellbeing.

Project participation and learning interaction will enhance individual capacities of the project partners' staff and other involved institutions to further develop the European Green Belt in the DTP area.

DaRe to Connect -  Supporting Danube Region’s ecological Connectivity by linking Natura 2000 areas along the Green Belt
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2086654,1
ERDF Contribution: 1684031,98
IPA Contribution: 89624
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
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
Bavarian branch of BUND, Friends of the Earth Germany, BUND Project Office Green Belt Lead partner melanie.kreutz@bund-naturschutz.de GERMANY
Ametyst Non-governmental organization ERDF partner marinakova@ametyst21.cz CZECH REPUBLIC
Environment Agency Austria ERDF partner maria.stejskal-tiefenbach@umweltbundesamt.at AUSTRIA
University of Vienna, Division of Conservation Biology, Vegetation Ecology and Landscape Ecology ERDF partner thomas.wrbka@univie.ac.at AUSTRIA
Őrség National Park Directorate ERDF partner i.szentirmai@gmail.com HUNGARY
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Project News

  • D2C - 10th Pan-European Green Belt Conference
    - 21-10-2018
    10th Pan-European Green Belt Conference

    The DaRe to Connect project aims to improve European Green Belt, the 12.500 kilometres long green area located across Europe. For this reason, 10th Pan-European Green Belt Conference which took place in Eisenach, Germany from 16. to 18. October...

  • D2C - Green Belt Day with kids
    - 10-10-2018
    Green Belt Day with kids

    Not only adults celebrate the Green Belt Day. The Ametyst NGO, the partner of the DaRe to Connect project, celebrated the Greenbelt Day on 24th September with children by learning about Green Belt. In simple language, which kids understand, we...

  • D2C - Working meeting of project partners along Czech-German-Austrian border
    - 28-09-2018
    Working meeting of project partners along Czech-German-Austrian border

    The DaRe to Connect project is still in a "shaping" phase, so a lot of meetings is necessary. Three project partners met in Vimperk (Czech republic) on 25th September - NGO Ametyst (CZ), BUND Bavaria (D) and Environment Agency Austria. The topics...

  • D2C - Internal Technical Kick-Off Meeting in Vienna
    - 18-09-2018
    Internal Technical Kick-Off Meeting in Vienna

    To get WP3 Interconnected Green Belt started, an internal technical kick-off-meeting of the Austrian project and cooperation partners took place on August 14th, 2018 in Vienna. The project partners - the Environment Agency Austria and the...

  • D2C - Delineation of pilot area for connecting protected areas Hungary/Slovenia
    - 14-09-2018
    Delineation of pilot area for connecting protected areas Hungary/Slovenia

    Őrség National Park Directorate has started delineating its DaRe to Connect pilot area for improving ecological connectivity. As the first step of the process, experts of the Directorate and Nature Park Goričko carried out a workshop on 29....

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