DriDanube - Drought Risk in the Danube Region

Water scarcity and droughts hit the Danube region frequently and have had large impacts on the economy and welfare of the people. Despite damages in last decades, drought is still not considered as an issue of high priority and people are not aware of its impacts.

The main objective of DriDanube project is to increase the capacity of the Danube region to manage drought related risks. The project aims at helping all stakeholders involved in drought management become more efficient during drought emergency response and prepare better for the next drought.

From reactive to proactive drought management

Currently the drought management is reactive, dealing mainly with losses and damages, cooperation between key actors is missing and formal legislation mostly does not exist. Proactive approach on the other hand counts on drought prevention, mitigation, vulnerability reduction, planning and preparedness. Focus hence shifts from recovery to protection, i.e. from crisis management to risk management.

Expected outcomes

One of the main products of the project will be Drought User Service, which will enable more accurate and efficient drought monitoring and timely early warning. The service will integrate all the available data, including large volume of the most recent remote sensing products.

DriDanube will harmonize the currently heterogeneous methodologies for risk and impact assessments, based on the existing achievements in participating countries and on EU guidelines in the frame of the Civil Protection Mechanism.

The current slow reactions during drought will be sped up with the  improved decision-making process in all parts of the drought management cycle (monitoring–impact assessment–response–recovery–preparedness) which will strengthen capacities of the stakeholders (policy, professional, end users) at different levels. This will lead to an increased culture of preparedness throughout the Danube region.

DriDanube’s main expected result is improved drought emergency response and better cooperation among operational services and decision making authorities in a Danube region on national and regional level.

Drought Risk in the Danube Region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1.974.750
ERDF Contribution: 1.434.757,5
IPA Contribution: 243.780
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve preparedness for environmental risk management


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Slovenian Environment Agency Lead partner andreja.susnik@gov.si Slovenia
EODC Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring GmbH ERDF partner christian.briese@eodc.eu Austria
Global Change Research Institute CAS ERDF partner mirek_trnka@yahoo.com Czech Republic
Hungarian Meteorological Service ERDF partner bihari.z@met.hu Hungary
Vienna University of Technology ERDF partner wolfgang.wagner@geo.tuwien.ac.at Austria
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Project News

  • DriDanube - Hungarian National Briefing Seminar
    - 05-07-2017

    The National Briefing Seminar of the DriDanube: Drought Risk in Danube Region project was organized for the decision makers and the stakeholders of the Hungarian Drought Risk Management process on 12th June 2017 in Budapest. The Seminar program...

    - 04-07-2017

    The first national briefing seminar of the international EU project ”DriDanube – Drought Risk in the Danube Region” was organized on 29 May 2017 in Romania at the National Meteorological Administration. The seminar took place within the framework...

  • DriDanube - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
    - 16-06-2017

    World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a unique moment to remind ourselves that combatting drought is achievable through proactive problem solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels. ​DriDanube is...

  • DriDanube - Slovak national briefing seminar
    - 15-06-2017

    "Drought - Current Issues and Solutions" national briefing seminar was organized on 7 June 2017 in Bratislava at the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute. The seminar took place within the framework of DriDanube project and was prepared by the...

  • DriDanube - Croatian national briefing seminar
    - 12-06-2017

    The first national presentation of the international EU project "DriDanube - Drought Risks in the Danube Region" and briefing seminar were held at the House of Europe, Augusta Cesarca 4, Zagreb, on Friday, 2 June 2017. The event was organised by...

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