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.
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.
Photo credits: Philipp Gmeiner (top) and Keve Gabór (bottom)
- 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|
|Budapest University of Technology and Economics||Lead firstname.lastname@example.org||Hungary|
|University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna||ERDF email@example.com||Austria|
|General Directorate of Water Management||ERDF firstname.lastname@example.org||Hungary|
|National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management||ERDF email@example.com||Romania|
|National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences||ERDF partner||Ninov.firstname.lastname@example.org||Bulgaria|
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