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
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
See all

Project News

  • 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...

  • DanubeSediment - International Experts Discuss Sediment Management Measures
    - 18-07-2019
    International Experts Discuss Sediment Management Measures

    On June 26th 2019, over 50 experts came to Bucharest to participate in the International Workshop on Sediment Management Measures. Hosted by National Administration “Romanian Waters”, the workshop presented good practices in sediment management...

  • DanubeSediment - passionate discussions in the heart of Slovenia
    - 18-06-2019
    passionate discussions in the heart of Slovenia

    Despite the ongoing rain, we could feel the nice atmosphere of the Mediterranean-touched city during our project meeting on 28 and 29 May in Ljubljana (see image below). On a sunny day, the city must be beautiful! Since food isn’t dependent on...

  • DanubeSediment - International workshop on sediment measures
    - 14-06-2019
    International workshop on sediment measures

    Stakeholders from around the Danube River Basin are invited to join the "INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP on SEDIMENT MEASURES", which is taking place in Bucharest on 26 June 2019. The workshop aims to discuss the project recommendations and ideas for...

See all

Subscribe to project newsletter

By subscribing to this newsletter, you are accepting to receive from time to time Danube Transnational Programme’s/Project’s newsletter issues in your email inbox. We are committed to respect and protect the privacy of personal data collected. We regard your personal data as confidential information and will never communicate it to third parties. Your personal data are used mainly for the express purpose of receiving the newsletter. The data you have entered may also be used by the DTP and its projects for information and dissemination purposes strictly related to the programme and its projects.

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