lifelineMDD Protecting and restoring ecological connectivity in the Mura-Drava-Danube river corridor through cross-sectoral cooperation

Mura, Drava and Danube (MDD) form the lifeline of one of the most valuable river corridors in the Danube Basin. However, connectivity within the corridor is reduced due to human-made changes to rivers and their natural processes. While DTP-project coopMDD established a living cooperation between Protected Area managers and a Transboundary Management Programme for the planned 5-country Biosphere Reserve MDD, the knowledge base and transboundary cross-sectoral cooperation stays insufficient. This leads to unused opportunities for synergies between multiple aims in river management. 


lifelineMDD addresses these issues with a cross-sectoral partnership, aiming to improve connectivity and biodiversity within the MDD river corridor by restoration of natural river dynamics. The development of a strategic integrated approach to river restoration in the transboundary bio-corridor will be based on scientific studies of bio-indicators fish and river birds and abiotic framework conditions sediment transport and climate change. A cross-sectoral learning process between nature protection and water management authorities based on pilot restoration actions will raise institutional competences and cooperation between key stakeholders. Involvement of NGOs, local and national policy levels will ensure sustainability of results by awareness raising in the local population and development of lasting stakeholder platforms.


By providing an integrated transboundary strategic framework for river restoration based on research, pilot restoration and joint learning, lifelineMDD will strongly contribute to the DTP objective of protecting and restoring ecological corridors and raise cooperation between main actors. The project contributes to close connectivity gaps defined in the EUSDR study “Ecological Connectivity in the Danube Region”, e.g. research gaps on complex ecological processes, cooperation gap between nature protection and other sectors, geographic gap on tributary rivers.

Protecting and restoring ecological connectivity in the Mura-Drava-Danube river corridor through cross-sectoral cooperation
Start date
01-07-2020
End date
31-12-2022
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2987789.19
ERDF Contribution: 2277239.14
IPA Contribution: 262381.65
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 3
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

Library

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lifelineMDD leaflet 21-12-2020 09:04:48
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SRB_lifelineMDD leaflet 21-12-2020 10:38:27
HU_lifelineMDD leaflet 11-02-2021 11:49:35
DE_lifelineMDD leaflet 11-02-2021 11:50:17
SLO_lifelineMDD leaflet 11-02-2021 11:50:45
ENG_lifelineMDD leaflet 11-02-2021 11:51:10
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
World Wide Fund for Nature Austria - WWF Austria Lead partner kerstin.boeck@wwf.at Austria
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna ERDF partner helmut.habersack@boku.ac.at Austria
Regional Management SO ERDF partner meier@vulkanland.at Austria
Office of the Styrian Government – Department 14 Water Management, Resources and Sustainability ERDF partner tanja.schriebl@stmk.gv.at Austria
Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation ERDF partner aleksander.koren@zrsvn.si Slovenia
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Project News

  • lifelineMDD - UNESCO declared world’s first 5-country biosphere reserve Mura-Drava-Danube!
    - 16-09-2021
    UNESCO declared world’s first 5-country biosphere reserve  Mura-Drava-Danube!

    With the world facing climate and nature crises, UNESCO’s designation of the Mura-Drava-Danube as the world’s first ‘5-country biosphere reserve’ represents a historic step towards a new era for people and nature in Europe as well as an...

  • lifelineMDD - Living cooperation for ecological connectivity
    - 01-09-2021
    Living cooperation for ecological connectivity

    Our first lifelineMDD video premiered at the end of June and you can watch it below or on our YouTube channel! Subtitles are available in English, German, Slovenian, Hungarian, Croatian and Serbian. Video produced by Filmofil.  

  • lifelineMDD - International workshop Participation of the Local Population and Stakeholders in European UNESCO Biosphere Reserves
    - 31-08-2021
    International workshop Participation of the Local Population and Stakeholders in European UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

    Workshop Participation of the Local Population and Stakeholders in European UNESCO Biosphere Reserves was organized from 5th to 8th of July 2021 at Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve, Lenzen (Germany) by Michael Succow Stiftung....

  • lifelineMDD - Bird monitoring on Mura, Drava and Danube in Croatia
    - 29-06-2021
    Bird monitoring on Mura, Drava and Danube in Croatia

    River bird monitoring was conducted in June 2021 by WWF Adria’s external contractor Ivan Grlica, on Mura, Drava and Danube in Croatia. Little tern, common tern, little-ringed plover, common sandpiper, sand martin, common kingfisher,...

  • lifelineMDD - The Biosphere Reserve Lower Mura Valley is taking shape
    - 18-06-2021
    The Biosphere Reserve Lower Mura Valley is taking shape

    With June 2021 and the first workshops to develop the mission statement and management plan, the Biosphere Reserve Lower Mura Valley is now taking concrete shape. The joint planning and development of the Biosphere Reserve Lower Mura Valley...

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