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
01-06-2018
End date
31-05-2021
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2512931,08
ERDF Contribution: 2045645,09
IPA Contribution: 90346,27
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Priority
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 thomas.hein@boku.ac.at AUSTRIA
Institute for Ichthyological and Ecological Research REVIVO ERDF partner polona.pengal@ozivimo.si SLOVENIA
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ERDF partner luchezarpehlivanov@gmail.com BULGARIA
Ministry of Waters and Forests ERDF partner gheorghe.constantin@map.gov.ro ROMANIA
Trnava University in Trnava, Faculty of Education ERDF partner ladislav.pekarik@truni.sk SLOVAKIA
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Project News

  • MEASURES - World Fish Migration Day celebrated along the Danube
    - 27-10-2020
    World Fish Migration Day celebrated along the Danube

    World Fish Migration Day is a reminder that rivers and migratory fish are important for our livelihood and well being, even if we live beyond the river. We talked to fishermen, entrepreneurs and scientists about what we can do to make sure...

  • MEASURES - 700 Russian Sturgeons Successfully Released into the Danube
    - 22-10-2020
    700 Russian Sturgeons Successfully Released into the Danube

    700 Russian sturgeons were released on Friday in the Danube, one week before the World Fish Migration Day, celebrated globally on October 24th . This is the second restocking event organized in Isaccea in 2020 by the “Danube Delta” National...

  • MEASURES - Giving Back to Nature: Restocking the Danube With Sturgeon
    - 16-10-2020
    Giving Back to Nature: Restocking the Danube With Sturgeon

    Kester Eddy from the Budapest Business Journal took a look at the concerted efforts made in Hungary to increase sturgeon numbers in the Danube River.  "The box on the trailer looks plain, utilitarian and rather uninteresting as it is...

  • MEASURES - River connectivity – important for migratory fish and for our health
    - 30-09-2020
    River connectivity – important for migratory fish and for our health

    WWF’s “A Deep Dive Into Freshwater” supplement to the “Living Planet Report 2020” underlines the importance of river connectivity, not only for freshwater species, but for our health too. Freshwater species are declining at a staggering rate,...

  • MEASURES - WWF’s Living Planet Report reveals that freshwater populations monitored across the globe declined by 84% on average
    - 25-09-2020
    WWF’s Living Planet Report reveals that freshwater populations monitored across the globe declined by 84% on average

    Global populations* of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century due in large part to the very same environmental destruction which is contributing to the emergence...

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