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


Filename Date of upload
Common report on existing drought management status – Danube region 18-04-2018 16:23:37
DriDanube leaflet 04-10-2017 15:20:42
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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 - Let’s talk about drought
    - 09-04-2018
    Let’s talk about drought

    Today, 9 April 2018, we are releasing a new video about the DriDanube project. DriDanube project’s main goal is to move towards more efficient and operative drought management in the Danube region. It is bringing awareness about drought risks...

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    - 06-03-2018

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    - 29-01-2018

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  • DriDanube - Focus on proactive drought preparedness
    - 22-01-2018

    The development process of the Slovak Drought Action Plan, an example of a proactive initiative to prevent and mitigate negative impacts of drought on a national level, is catching attention of the international media. The Inter Press Service...

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    - 11-12-2017
    Strategic relevance of the DriDanube project in the Danube region

    DriDanube project’s aim is to increase the capacity of the Danube region to adapt to climatic variability by managing drought related risks. Currently, the drought management in the region is rather weak, dealing mostly with losses and...

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