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
01-06-2018
End date
30-11-2020
Budget in Euro
Overall: 3672655,88
ERDF Contribution: 2899428,55
IPA Contribution: 222328,9
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention

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

  • Danube Floodplain - 22 March - World Water Day
    - 23-03-2021
    22 March - World Water Day

    22 March is World Water Day! Water is essential to life on Earth, but we often overlook just how fragile our relationship with water can be. More than 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress and 700 million people...

  • Danube Floodplain - Animated short film about the project
    - 07-12-2020
    Animated short film about the project

    Communication Work Package leader WWF Hungary has prepared a short animation film to introduce the project to the general public (D 2.2.4). The animation film introduces how the floodplains of the Danube and its tributaries altered in the past,...

  • Danube Floodplain - Second Stakeholder Meeting at Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia - 02.10.2020
    - 17-11-2020
    Second Stakeholder Meeting at Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia - 02.10.2020

    Slovenian Water Agency, in cooperation with the Municipality of Kostanjevica na Krki, organized an Online Stakeholder Workshop on scenarios for flood risk reduction in the pilot area Kostanjevica na Krki on 2nd of October 2020. More than 30...

  • Danube Floodplain - Second Stakeholder Meeting in Bistret, Romania - 26. 10. 2020
    - 09-11-2020
    Second Stakeholder Meeting in Bistret, Romania - 26. 10. 2020

    A stakeholder meeting was held on 26 October 2020 in Bistreț, (Romania) organized by the WWF Romania. The concept and results of this workshop is contributing to the technical solutions for floodplain restoration in Bistreț (part of feasibility...

  • Danube Floodplain - Second National Event in Begecka Jama, Serbia - 16. 10. 2020
    - 03-11-2020
    Second National Event in Begecka Jama, Serbia - 16. 10. 2020

    On 16 October 2020 the 2nd National event in Serbia was organised aiming at presenting the Danube Floodplain Project results gathered so far. The event included the Ecosystem Services workshop addressing the follow-up of the first ESS setup given...

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