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
01-01-2017
End date
30-11-2019
Budget in Euro
Overall: 3558581,62
ERDF Contribution: 2827421,16
IPA Contribution: 197373,19
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention

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
National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology ERDF partner Ninov.plamen@gmail.com Bulgaria
Executive Agency “Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River” ERDF partner marinova@appd-bg.org Bulgaria
Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia ERDF partner peter.suhadolnik@izvrs.si Slovenia
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Project News

  • DanubeSediment - What does it take to calculate a sediment budget?
    - 17-10-2019
    What does it take to calculate a sediment budget?

    The collection and analysis of data for the first sediment balance of the Danube River is finished! Our main tasks were to gather, sort and analyse data required for the quantification of downstream sediment fluxes and for the identification of...

  • DanubeSediment - Invitation to the Final Conference: "Transnational Cooperation for Sediment Management in the Danube" Conference, 19.11.12019, Budapest
    - 14-10-2019
    Invitation to the Final Conference: "Transnational Cooperation for Sediment Management in the Danube" Conference, 19.11.12019, Budapest

    We invite all interested stakeholders to the "Transnational Cooperation for Sediment Management in the Danube" conference on 19 November 2019 at the BME University in Budapest! After almost 3 years of data collection and analysis, we look forward...

  • DanubeSediment - First Sediment Balance of the Danube
    - 07-10-2019
    First Sediment Balance of the Danube

    We would like to invite all interested stakeholders to our International Sediment Balance Workshop on October 21st 2019 in Bratislava. At the workshop, our project partners will present key results and outputs from their assessment of the...

  • DanubeSediment - Looking for partners in sediment research?
    - 27-08-2019
    Looking for partners in sediment research?

    Historically, human activities have changed the Danube and its tributaries. For example, straightening the river for flood protection, altering waterways for navigation or building dams hydropower generation: all these changes affect the natural...

  • DanubeSediment - How our project got active for a safer Danube
    - 01-08-2019
    How our project got active for a safer Danube

    Under this year’s motto „Get active for a safer Danube“, the DanubeSediment project partners took part in an array of Danube Day events and festivities. During these celebrations, our project focused on increasing awareness about the role and...

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