Danube Floodplain Reducing the flood risk through floodplain restoration along the Danube River and tributaries

During the last decades, Europe suffered major catastrophic floods along the Danube. Therefore the Flood Directive asks for adequate and coordinated measures to reduce flood risk without conflicting WFD objectives. The main objective of the project is improving transnational water management and flood risk prevention while maximizing benefits for biodiversity conservation. The expected change is improved knowledge, among the countries located within Danube River Basin, related to integrative water management through restoration of floodplains, combination of classical and green infrastructure, natural retention measures, involving all related stakeholders.

The main activities of the project are: updating the floodplain areas inventory and their ranking using the Floodplain Evaluation Matrix-FEM; assessing, by using the pre-selected pilot areas, of the efficiency of floodplain projects in the Danube District and developing tools for increasing the knowledge and cooperation of experts, practitioners, decision makers and stakeholders on floodplain restoration. 

The Project will develop tools contributing to DTP SO2.1:

1) The Danube basin wide floodplain restoration and preservation manual addressed mainly to practitioners;

2) A DRB Sustainable Floodplain management Strategic Guidance summarizing the key findings of the manual targeting a wider audience;

3) A DRB Roadmap comprising agreed next steps towards realizing floodplain projects.

The ICPDR which is the major platform for cooperation in flood risk management and river basin management in the DRB, through its experts will be supportive to this project in helping to achieve its goals and also in transferring the outputs. The main project target groups are ministries, river basin authorities, practitioners and stakeholders. The innovative character is given by the application of FEM by all Partner Countries and by developing a general evaluation tool for possible later assessment of floodplain restoration projects.

Reducing the flood risk through floodplain restoration along the Danube River and tributaries
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 3672655,88
ERDF Contribution: 2899428,55
IPA Contribution: 222328,9
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
National Administration ”Romanian Waters” Lead partner anemari.ciurea@rowater.ro ROMANIA
University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna ERDF partner helmut.habersack@boku.ac.at AUSTRIA
Danube River Basin Directorate ERDF partner rumeliya.petrova@bddr.org BULGARIA
Croatian Waters - Legal entity for water management ERDF partner bojana.Horvat@voda.hr CROATIA
Morava River Basin Authority ERDF partner vesely@pmo.cz CZECH REPUBLIC
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Project News

    - 08-10-2018

    DANUBE FLOODPLAIN project kick-off meeting sets the stage for 30 months of intense transnational cooperation across the Danube river basin. The DANUBE FLOODPLAIN Project (Reducing the flood risk through floodplain restoration along the Danube...

  • Danube Floodplain - Kick-Off Meeting, Steering Committee and Stakeholder Engagement Workshop, Bucharest, Romania
    - 13-09-2018

    We are pleased to announce that the KICK-OFF MEETING AND THE STEERING COMMITTEE OF DANUBE FLOODPLAIN PROJECT will take place in BUCHAREST, ROMANIA during 27th and 28th September 2018. The main objective of the Danube Floodplain project is...

  • Danube Floodplain - Preparation of the 1st meeting of partners
    - 13-09-2018

    In 24th August 2018, the National Administration Romanian Waters as Lead Partner, organised  a Skype meeting with the Work Package leaders to boost the start of the project.  The participants who joined the Skype meeting represented the...

  • Danube Floodplain - Starting of the implementation of the Danube Floodplain project
    - 13-09-2018

    Tha Danube Floodplain project implementation started under the coordination of the work package leaders in particular under the work packages 3 (Floodplain evaluation)  and 4 (Flood prevention pilots), both activities requesting specific data...

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