MEASURES Managing and restoring aquatic EcologicAl corridors for migratory fiSh species in the danUbe RivEr baSin

MEASURES aims to create ecological corridors by identifying key habitats and initiating protection measures along the Danube and its main tributaries. In this sense, sturgeons and other migratory fish species will act as flagship species in support of our goals.

Sturgeons and other migratory fish species represent a historical, economic and natural heritage of the Danube and are indicators of the ecological status of its watercourses, especially concerning the function of the river as an ecological corridor. Transnational management of these corridors and restoration actions, as well as restocking with indigenous species are essential.

In the three years of the project, MEASURES means:

  • mapping and identifing of key habitats by developing and testing a methodology for migratory fish habitat mapping;
  • developing a harmonized strategy for restoring green corridors and supporting implementation in future management plans;
  • restocking of two native species to conserve their genetic pool in Hungary and Romania, establishment of a network for concerted repopulation of the target species and elaboration of a manual for the operation of broodstock facilities that will provide the offspring needed for the re-population;
  • the implementation of the MEASURES Information System that will facilitate the access of experts, decision-makers and the general public to the relevant information available.

Concrete input into the next drafts of policy and management plans will secure the translation of project outcomes into sustainable management of relevant sites restoring ecological corridors.

Managing and restoring aquatic EcologicAl corridors for migratory fiSh species in the danUbe RivEr baSin
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2512931,08
ERDF Contribution: 2045645,09
IPA Contribution: 90346,27
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Lead partner AUSTRIA
Institute for Ichthyological and Ecological Research REVIVO ERDF partner SLOVENIA
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ERDF partner BULGARIA
Ministry of Waters and Forests ERDF partner ROMANIA
Trnava University in Trnava, Faculty of Education ERDF partner SLOVAKIA
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Project News

  • MEASURES - The Danube, across time, countries and cultures
    - 29-06-2020
    The Danube, across time, countries and cultures

    From Germany's Black Forest, to Romania’s Sulina town, the Danube River has shaped over time 10 countries and countless communities and cultures. Today, 83 million people live in the Danube river basin, out of which over 20 million directly...

  • MEASURES - The Mura River in winter - invasive species and plastic pollution
    - 09-06-2020
    The Mura River in winter - invasive species and plastic pollution

    The Mura River, which joins the Drava on the Croatian-Hungarian border and later flows together with the Drava into the Danube, constitutes the starting point of what many like to call the “Amazon of Europe”. An area stretching on almost 1...

  • MEASURES - New Sterlet restocking in Hungary
    - 18-05-2020
    New Sterlet restocking in Hungary

    The Danube River fauna has been further enriched this month, as sturgeon stocking events continue in 2020. Restocking of sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus) was managed by NAIK-HAKI, a project partner in MEASURES, and the event took place at Baja...

  • MEASURES - MIS (Measures Information System) is now ready to be filled with data
    - 04-05-2020
    MIS (Measures Information System) is now ready to be filled with data

    The MEASURES Information System (MIS) is an online tool providing scientists, decision makers, and the general public with information about ecological corridors and the connectivity of habitats for long- and medium-distance migratory fish of the...

  • MEASURES - Pilot Stocking of Russian Sturgeon in Romania
    - 23-04-2020
    Pilot Stocking of Russian Sturgeon in Romania

    A new sturgeon stocking event took place this month in Romania. 300 juvenile Russian sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) were released at Isaccea. The aim of this activity is to save and strengthen two highly endangered Danube sturgeon...

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