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

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 - Finalist in the DTP Photo Competition
    - 04-10-2018
    Finalist in the DTP Photo Competition

    We are glad to announce that one of the photos we submitted in this year’s Danube Transnational Programme Photo Competition has been selected as one of 20 finalists! Our winning photograph shows the deposit of sediments at the confluence of Isar...

  • DanubeSediment - New monitoring stations and better cooperation are key issues at stakeholder workshops
    - 14-08-2018
    New monitoring stations and better cooperation are key issues at stakeholder workshops

    Since the beginning of DanubeSediment, our project partners have regularly involved their stakeholders in our project work. Throughout the past year, national workshops were held in all nine partner countries. They took place in Croatia, Germany,...

  • DanubeSediment - Raising awareness for sediment
    - 11-07-2018
    Raising awareness for sediment

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

  • DanubeSediment - Project Contributions to Danube Day 2018
    - 18-06-2018
    Project Contributions to Danube Day 2018

    Along the Danube you can find different DanubeSediment activities during the International Danube Day 2018 festivities on June 20th 2018. Some project partners are also organizing events in the days and weeks before or afterwards, depending on...

  • DanubeSediment - Data puzzle developing into a picture - project meeting in Vienna
    - 18-06-2018
    Data puzzle developing into a picture - project meeting in Vienna

    One year ago, it was just a huge pile of unsorted data: Tens of thousands of bits of data – be it hand-drawn cross-sections, measurements from sediment monitoring stations or from joint measurement campaigns, shapefiles on different pressures or...

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