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 pilot actions 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 pilot actions 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 pilot actions 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: Key stakeholders from waterway, forestry and energy support DANUBEparksCONNECTED, to ensure the cross-sectoral approach in all work packages. International institutions and policy drivers accompany the process and stand for long-term capitalisation of the Danube Habitat Corridor.
    CYCLING THE DYKE invites stakeholders and interested people to bike the Danube Corridor and to visit project results. Helping hands for the corridor management are welcome at the 1st DANUBE VOLUNTEERS DAY.

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.

Bridging the Danube Protected Areas towards a Danube Habitat Corridor
Start date
01-01-2017
End date
30-06-2019
Budget in Euro
Overall: 3085412,49
ERDF Contribution: 2487762,45
IPA Contribution: 134838,13
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

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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    - 13-01-2017

    The DANUBEparksCONNECTED Kick off conference will be organised by the City of Ingolstadt from 21st to 22nd of February 2017 in Ingolstadt. The first draft of the Agenda has been send out to all...

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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)