DANUBEparksCONNECTED Bridging the Danube Protected Areas towards a Danube Habitat Corridor

The Danube River is a green lifeline for biodiversity. While the Network of Danube Protected Areas preserves the most valuable sites, habitat fragmentation limits efforts to preserve a cohesive ecosystem.

DANUBEparksCONNECTED has initiated the DANUBE HABITAT CORRIDOR campaign to counteract fragmentation. It offers Danube-wide strategies and exemplary activities aiming to restore and maintain connectivity in all habitat elements:

  • Water: The cross-sector Danube WILDisland CORRIDOR program protects the islands, which are flagship habitats for intact river dynamics and home to characteristic species.
  • Land: Natural river systems also host dry habitats, today often fragmented to isolated patches. Under DANUBE DRY HABITAT CORRIDOR actvities such as cross-border grazing herds to manage dry habitats and test the long-distance functionality of the habitat corridor or the establishment of DANUBEPARKS Canyons Network will be implemented. A fitness check of the Danube Riparian Forest Corridor will define necessary measures and activities in cooperation with the forestry sector for further development of the Riparian Forest corridor.
  • Air: DANUBE FREE SKY ensures collision-free bird migration along the Danube flyway. In cooperation with power line operators, technical solutions against bird collision with electricity wires crossing the Danube will be installed.
  • Fire - COMMUNICATION: The various communication measures represent the"fire" and "spice up" our activities. For example: CYCLING THE DYKE invites stakeholders and interested participants from the public to bike the Danube Corridor on the dykes and to visit project results. Helping hands for the corridor management are welcome at the 1st DANUBE VOLUNTEERS DAY. The ongoing experience and knowledge exchange of project partners from 10 Danube countries and the cross-sectorial approach between water management, energy, nature conservation and policy drivers stands for long-term capitalisation of the Danube Habitat Corridor.

The transnational DANUBEPARKS Network’s know-how and experience on the ground make it best equipped to implement an innovative project building on existing policies.

Picture: Alexander Ivanov

Bridging the Danube Protected Areas towards a Danube Habitat Corridor
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 3085412,49
ERDF Contribution: 2487762,45
IPA Contribution: 134838,13
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
Donau-Auen National Park Lead partner g.frank@danubeparks.org Austria
Landratsamt Neuburg-Schrobenhausen ERDF partner siegfried.geissler@lra-nd-sob.de Germany
City of Ingolstadt ERDF partner thomas.schneider@ingolstadt.de Germany
Passau District ERDF partner christiane.kotz@landkreis-passau.de Germany
World Heritage Municipalities Wachau ERDF partner seehofer@wachau-dunkelsteinerwald.at Austria
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Project News

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - WP4 DANUBE FREE SKY expert workshop in Kopački Rit
    - 15-10-2018

    The workshop on 26-28th of September was organized in Kopački Rit to discuss further steps for work package DANUBE FREE SKY. External experts Alexandru Dorosencu (Danube Delta National R&D Institute, Romania) and Remo Probst (Birdlife Austria)...

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - The 2nd Danube Volunteers Day has officially ended
    - 12-10-2018

        A Danube-Wide Volunteers Day, 15...

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - The sheep are back
    - 30-07-2018

    We are really excited to announce that the cross-border grazing within the DANUBEparksCONNECTED project is returning, through which we aim to maintain the grassy habitats of the flood protection dyke within Nationalpark Donau-Auen. A flock...

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - The WILDisland initiative starts living!
    - 04-07-2018

    On Friday, 29th June 2018, the first “letter of intent” for non-intervention management was signed by Dr. Marcel Huber, the Bavarian Minister for Environment, to ensure natural development and wilderness on two islands with an area of 5...

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - International Danube Day 2018!
    - 29-06-2018

    DANUBEparksCONNECTED is actively celebrating the International Danube Day 2018 in course of the 2nd Danube Volunteers Day! Today we clean the Danube River banks in Neuburg-Schrobenhausen in Germany. Afterwards, volunteers and organizers...

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