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 - The sheep arrived !
    - 26-09-2017

    The sheep arrived !   Photos: NPDA   A small herd of sheep from Slovakia arrived in Stopfenreuth, Austria (Nationalpark Donau-Auen). They crossed the border to maintain the dyke called “Marchfeldschutzdamm”. The dyke is an...

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - WILDisland Expert Workshop
    - 15-09-2017

    From 7th to 9th September the Duna-Iploy National Park Directorate invited DANUBEparksCONNECTED to Visegrád and Dömös for a WILDisland expert meeting and the 20 years anniversary of the National Park. Photo: Damir Masic External...

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - Wachau - 1st Volunteers Day
    - 11-09-2017

    We thank our helpers for their support in protecting dry habitats and we are very much looking forward to the next “1st Danube Volunteers Days” in Passau, Germany and Rusenski Lom,Bulgaria on September 16th. Here are a few...

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - hosts an Interreg Youth Volunteer (IVY)
    - 05-09-2017

    Since the beginning of September DANUBEparksCONNECTED hosts an Interreg Youth Volunteer. Damir will support us for the next 6 months and it is our pleasure to have him on board. As introduction to our project, we asked Damir a couple of...

  • DANUBEparksCONNECTED - Kick Off 1st Danube Volunteers Day and 10 years DANUBEPARKS Kopacki rit
    - 11-07-2017

    At the beginning of July 2017 the DANUBEPARKS Network of Protected Areas came together in Kopacki rit (Croatia) to celebrate its 10th anniversary and also to work actively together at the Kick Off of the 1st Danube Volunteers Day. Ten...

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