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. Co-funded by the Danube Transnational Programme (ERDF and IPA funds), the 2-and-a-half-year project has a budget of 3.56 million €. 

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.


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

    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...

  • DanubeSediment - Experts’ workshop addresses sediment continuity and discusses mitigation measures for the German Danube River Basin
    - 27-10-2017

    More than forty experts from the fields of research, river management authorities, environmental associations, hydropower production companies and national waterway authorities met in Augsburg on 10th October 2017 to actively participate in...

  • DanubeSediment - Joint Measurement Campaign Compares Sediment Collection Methods
    - 26-10-2017

    Within the past few months, the DanubeSediment project partners have met up twice along the Danube for joint measurement campaigns. The first campaign took place near Giurgiu, Romania in September and the second one near Kladovo, Serbia in...

  • DanubeSediment - Data preparation, stakeholder workshops and joint measurements on the agenda of the project meeting in Belgrade
    - 21-09-2017

    How to represent river groynes in a GIS database? What is the situation of the availability of Danube data for the 19th century? How to prepare a meeting for stakeholders in each country? How to organize a common measurement campaign between...

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