DanubeSediment Danube Sediment Management - Restoration of the Sediment Balance in the Danube River

The transport of sediments is a natural process in river systems. Over the past decades, human activities within the Danube and its tributaries have led to strong changes in the natural sediment load. These changes negatively influence important water management issues such as flood risk, inland navigation, ecology and hydropower production.

Aerial view of the River Danube surrounded by forest. On one river bank there is a large sediment deposit and on the other one can see a few houses of the town of Hainburg, Austria.

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) has recognized a lack of sediment management in the Danube River Basin Management Plans of 2009 and 2015. However, since the Danube flows through ten countries from the Black forest to the Black Sea, the holistic management of sediment and water requires a basin-wide transnational approach.

To tackle this challenge, 14 partners from nine countries came together in the DanubeSediment project. Their goal is to improve water and sediment management as well as the morphology of the Danube River.

Closing knowledge gaps: The project team will begin with collecting sediment transport data in the Danube River and its main tributaries. This data provides the foundation for a Danube-wide sediment balance that will analyse the sinks, sources and redistribution of sediment and their impacts.

Strengthening governance: A main project result will be the first “Danube Sediment Management Guidance” (DSMG). This document will deliver key contributions to the 3rd Danube River Basin Management Plan and the 2nd Danube Flood Risk Management Plan. Both plans are developed by the ICPDR.

As main beneficiaries of DanubeSediment, stakeholders will regularly be involved in developing the project, e.g. through national and international workshops. A “Sediment Manual for Stakeholders” (SMS) will focus on target-group specific measures for improved sediment management in navigation, hydropower generation, flood risk management and river basin management.

Aerial photo of the Danube in Hungary

Photo credits: Philipp Gmeiner (top) and Keve Gabór (bottom)


Danube Sediment Management - Restoration of the Sediment Balance in the Danube River
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 3558581,62
ERDF Contribution: 2827421,16
IPA Contribution: 197373,19
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention


Filename Date of upload
Danube Sediment Communication Plan_170802.pdf 29-12-2017 14:58:21
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Budapest University of Technology and Economics Lead partner keri.barbara@epito.bme.hu Hungary
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna ERDF partner helmut.habersack@boku.ac.at Austria
General Directorate of Water Management ERDF partner gombas.karoly@eduvizig.hu Hungary
National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management ERDF partner sorin.teodor@hidro.ro Romania
National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ERDF partner Ninov.plamen@gmail.com Bulgaria
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Project News

  • DanubeSediment - Project meeting discusses its contribution to a sediment management concept
    - 08-03-2018
    Project meeting discusses its contribution to a sediment management concept

    While the weather forecast warned citizens of the Balkan states to prepare for school closures and traffic disruptions due to the heavy snow falls, the DanubeSediment project partners met in Sofia on March 1 to discuss the organization of the...

  • DanubeSediment - Sediment balance of the river Rhine published in German
    - 13-02-2018
    Sediment balance of the river Rhine published in German

    While DanubeSediment is progressing in gathering and assessing sediment data on the Danube River, the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin (KHR/CHR) has published the first overall sediment balance of the River...

    - 11-01-2018

    Since the beginning of the DanubeSediment project, the project partners have been setting up their stakeholder networks. After a successful first international workshop in Budapest in April 2017, the first of two national workshops are currently...

  • DanubeSediment - Transnational and Trans-sectoral Cooperation for the Danube
    - 08-12-2017
    Transnational and Trans-sectoral Cooperation for the Danube

    Study visit of the Monitoring Committee of the Danube Transnational Programme to DANUBEparksCONNECTED, Danube STREAM and DanubeSediment.   In the course of the meeting of the Monitoring Committee (Vienna, 28th-29th November), the MC...

  • DanubeSediment - Project partners take a first look at available data
    - 28-11-2017

    What can the Danube sediment data tell us? A diagram of the global temperature curve with several peaks and valleys – this is perhaps what the first results of the annual suspended sediment load (SSL) of the Danube, from the source to the estuary...

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