DANUBEparksCONNECTED Bridging the Danube Protected Areas towards a Danube Habitat Corridor

2nd Danube Volunteers Day

In the Danube-wide project DANUBEparksCONNECTED, funded by the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, several protected areas are in strong cooperation to preserve the Danube as a habitat corridor. Dynamic riverine habitats and their conservation and restoration is a key task of all Danube protected areas. The WILDisland campaign is to promote the conservation of natural islands and to strengthen the Danube Wild Island Habitat Corridor.

Photo: Donau-Auen National Park, Franz Kovacs

Beside various human impacts, also garbage is getting more and more to a critical threat for the Danube natural heritage. The Danube is constantly carrying garbage from man-made products, packaging materials and drinking bottles, which is then washed ashore to accumulate on the riverbanks. Excess waste and rubbish contributes in several ways to environmental pollution. Water pollution and soil infiltration are just a few ways how mismanaged waste damages the ecosystem. Breaking down into microscopic particles,  they can harm the flora and fauna in many ways, having a significant impact on the species. Finally, garbage limits the natural experience for all of us!

Photos: PNPD

To keep the Danube natural heritage in their naturally captivating and breathtaking form, the Danube River Network of Protected Areas is happy to announce that the 2nd Danube Volunteers day has already started and is going to be organized Danube-wide throughout the spring of 2018 with the main aim of collecting rubbish and cleaning the river dynamic habitats including WILDislands. 

Join us now!

The 2nd Danube-wide Volunteers Day takes place in 15 protected areas in 8 Danube countries. With the help of local school groups, universities, companies, stakeholders, local NGO’s and the general public, these days will highlight the importance of a clean river landscape and healthy habitats for its species.  

The participants will not only actively participate in the protection of this habitat corridor, but they will also learn more about river ecosystem conservation, environmental awareness and the key role of protected areas for nature conservation along the Danube River.

The collected waste will than be analyzed according to specific parameters, and the composition of waste changes from the source in Germany to the Danube delta will be quantified. This analysis will be done in cooperation with PlasticFreeDanube, an innovative cross-border Interreg project. 

The protected areas need active support, every helping hand is highly appreciated Find the event closest to you and get in contact!

To get a glimpse of how our last Danube-wide Volunteers day turned out, click here.

Contact us on: office@danubeparks.org

 

Upcoming Volunteers Days:

 

KOPACKI RIT NATURE PARK, CROATIA - 22ND MAY

Photo: Kopaćki Rit

For the 2nd Danube Volunteers Day the Kopaćki Rit Nature Park in Croatia has chosen a very special area within Kopacki rit called Vemelj, which is an armlet of the Danube. With the cooperation of high school students and the employees of Kopacki Rit, this Danube habitat will be cleared from any waste and with that a breath of fresh air will come to the local flora and fauna.

Interested to join? Contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

STATE NATURE CONSERVANCY, SLOVAKIA - 30TH MAY

Photo: NPDA

The waste collection will take place in Soví Les Protected area, Ovsištske Meadows and Nature Reserve Starý háj, all within Bratislava. Graduates from Bratislava, employees from a company and an NGO will work hand in hand towards the goal of removing all the garbage from the Danube. They will also gain a better understanding of the Danube River and its habitats, the work for its conservation, and its ecosystem services.

For more information, contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

DUNA-DRÁVA NATIONAL PARK - END OF MAY

Photo: DDNPD

The volunteer action this year will be organised within Duna-Dráva National Park in Dunaszekcső village. The goal of the event is to collect the waste deposited on the local Danube island located by the village. The work area will be reached by a small boat, and for added fun, the village can provide accommodation for the night for approximately 30 people. This island needs your help, don’t hesitate to take part!

Interested to join? Contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

RUSELSKI LOM, BULGARIA - 2ND JUNE

Photo: Ruselski Lom

This national park was created to protect the dazzling canyon of the Rusenski Lom. Due to this canyon being isolated, it holds a unique combination of Mediterranean and Central-European fauna and flora. On the 2nd Danube Volunteers Day in Ruselski Lom, the organizers will rely on the help of the local agricultural schools to clean up this valuable land and preserve its biodiversity.

For more information contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

FERTŐ-HANSÁG NATIONAL PARK, HUNGARY - MID-JUNE

Photo: PNPD

A cleaning activity on the river bank will be organized together with a local NGO. The Volunteers will be school children and the local community from the area close to the National Park.

Interested to join? Contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

WACHAU, AUSTRIA - 21ST JUNE

Photo: Hannes Seehofer

The Wachau valley in Lower Austria is an UNESCO World Heritage site and with its magnificent scenery it requires regular maintenance. In cooperation with the UNESCO-Schule - Stiftsgymnasium Melk, pupils will collectively work on a museum project on the subject of rivers.  As part of this project they will spend the Volunteers Day with canoeing along the Danube, collecting garbage on the islands and last but not least they will deepen their knowledge in the topics of renaturation, river ecosystems and habitats.

For more information, contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

NEUBURG-SCHROBENHAUSEN, GERMANY - 29TH JUNE

Photo: Neuburg-Schrobenhausen

The 2nd Danube Volunteers Day will be organised in the course of the Danube Day and accompanied by various events.   Participants from NGO`s, fishermen and many more will spend the day on their „Wild Island“ removing the remains of old buildings, shelters and additional garbage in the area. 

Interested to join? Contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

PERSINA NATURE PARK, BULGARIA - END OF JUNE

Photo: Alexander Ivanov

The 1st Danube Volunteers Day was a huge success in Persina Nature Park but the work is far from being finished. This valuable and rich habitat is full of plastic waste. All are invited to join for this Volunteer action.

For more information, contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

DANUBE DELTA BIOSPHERE RESERVE, ROMANIA - END OF JUNE

Photo: Dan Bandacu

The Danube Delta represents a very favourable area for the development of exceptionally diverse flora and fauna. The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve places high importance on environmental education and raising awareness. They are in strong and long-lasting cooperation with various schools, therefore on the 2nd Danube Volunteers Day pupils and teachers from these schools will provide the much-needed help. They will contribute to the efforts of cleaning the river landscape by collecting waste from an island and wild area within the reserve’s territory.

For more information contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

PASSAU DISTRICT, GERMANY - END OF JUNE

Photo: Donau-Auen National Park

A riverbank cleaning activity will be organized with local volunteers.

More information will follow soon.

Interested to Join? Contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

DUNA-IPOLY NATIONAL PARK, HUNGARY - END OF JUNE

Photo:DINPD

The so-called "Gödi island" is part of the WILDisland corridor. During summers, it is often crowded and full of rubbish. In June under the supervision of the Duna-Ipoly National Park and with the help of fellow volunteers, this island will be free of harmful waste to ensure the continuity of high habitat quality of the area.

Interested to join? Contact us on office@danubeparks.org

 

2nd Danube Volunteers Day Event Reviews:

DONAU-AUEN NATIONAL PARK, AUSTRIA

Around 30 participants, 1 day and 18 garbage bags fully filled with waste - this is how successful and well-needed the Volunteers Day in Donau-Auen National Park was. On Saturday, April 14th the enthusiastic volunteers from WWF - Generation Earth did an amazing job cleaning up a very valuable area within the National Park, and had the chance to get a closer look into how to maintain and aim for a healthy river landscape.

The collected waste was cleaned as much as possible and sorted into six categories with special attention to plastic waste, for which three sub-categories (packaging, non-packaging and foamed materials) were created. This waste is now under analysis according to a set of different parameters in cooperation with the project PlasticFreeDanube. 

Photos: Donau-Auen National Park

 

CITY OF INGOLSTADT, GERMANY

The City of Ingolstadt hosted their 2nd Danube Volunteers Day on 21th April with a special aim of taking care of the revitalised Danube riverbank. The event was organised around the state day of FÖJ, the Voluntary Ecological Year of Germany and had the help of around 40 volunteers, about half of which were asylum seekers. The participants successfully removed invasive species such as Goldenrods (Solidago sp.) that displace native vegetation from its natural habitat. Furthermore, they took some measures in regard to visitors, such as installing information panels and closing some of the beaten tracks to reduce human disturbance on the revitalised riverbank.

Photos: City of Ingolstadt

 

VOJVODINASUME PUBLIC FOREST ENTERPRISE, SERBIA 

Photo: Vojvodinasume

On 17th May Gornje Podunavlje received the helping hand of several pupils of the primary school from the town Apatin which is located on the left bank of the Danube river. Gornje Podunavlje represents a natural spawning area for more than 50 species of fish, but it is home to 280 bird species as well. However, Apatin is not favoured just by its wide variety of species; the town and its surroundings thanks to the beautiful Danube are well known summer sport locations. That is why cleaning this area not only served the flora and fauna, but also the local people.

 

BROZ - REGIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE NATURE CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, SLOVAKIA 

Photo: BROZ

BROZ planned a great day for this Volunteer action on 18th May. Participants cleaned the river on rafts in the restored 6 km long Karloveské side arm of the Danube. The waste found was relatively little, which was also a positive surprise, a great  sign of the effectiveness of proper waste management, and a good way to go in the future!

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