SaveGREEN Safeguarding the functionality of transnationally important ecological corridors in the Danube basin

Many valuable ecological corridors of the Carpathian and other mountain ranges in the Danube region are impeded or threatened by economic development such as linear transport infrastructure construction or intensive agricultural, forestry, or water management practices. The reason for this conflict is that they are not sufficiently planned with the goal to maintain ecological connectivity and flow of multiple ecosystem services that these Green Infrastructure elements provide. Mitigation measures such as green bridges are often missing or dysfunctional because of inadequate design, location and inappropriate management of surrounding land use by e.g. agriculture or forestry. The impacts are traffic-kills and lowered reproductive success of key species dependent on functional corridors.

The project SaveGREEN aims to demonstrate ways of designing appropriate mitigation measures and maintaining or improving the functionality of ecological corridors through integrated planning. It thereby builds on key results of the DTP projects TRANSGREEN, ConnectGREEN, and HARMON. Monitoring the impact of such measures will help us to learn and derive proper recommendations for follow-up action and policy design. The focus of the project will be on critical ecological corridors of the Alpine-Carpathian Corridor, SW-Carpathians, Zakarpattia, Beskydy, Lyulin and Balkan mountains impacted by linear transport projects and unsustainable land use.

We will foster cross-sectoral collaboration, build capacity for replication of pilots and upscale results through improved policy frameworks. The project partnership covers key sectors to be involved in integrated planning of mitigation measures: nature conservation (ministries, agencies, authorities, NGOs), research and education (universities, research institution), transport (ministries, motorway companies) and consultancy business (limited company) and ASPs from complementary sectors from AT, BG, CZ, FR, GE, GR, HU, RO, SK and UA.

Safeguarding the functionality of transnationally important ecological corridors in the Danube basin
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2681728.7
ERDF Contribution: 2279469.36
IPA Contribution: 0
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 3
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
WWF Central and Eastern Europe Lead partner Austria
Environment Agency Austria ERDF partner Austria
Black Sea NGO Network ERDF partner Bulgaria
Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation ERDF partner Bulgaria
Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, Olomouc branch ERDF partner Czech Republic
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Project News

  • SaveGREEN - Funding Green Infrastructure (at all costs)
    - 26-02-2021
    Funding Green Infrastructure (at all costs)

    With ecological corridors in the Danube region currently threatened by the lack of proper planning of economic development activities, the need to fund interventions in line with the standards of green infrastructure is critical. Thus, the...

  • SaveGREEN - Paving the Network: IENE International Conference
    - 26-01-2021
    Paving the Network: IENE International Conference

    The SaveGREEN project team had a forward-looking 2021 launch by participating in the IENE International Conference “LIFE LINES – Linear Infrastructure Networks with Ecological Solutions.” After 25 years of existence, it was the first virtual...

  • SaveGREEN - The call of the wild
    - 17-12-2020
    The call of the wild

    What could be a better evidence of a nature conservation project's success, than having their non-human target groups (in our case the large carnivores like the Brown bear, and the Grey wolf) resettled to a protected area?  Well, SaveGREEN's...

  • SaveGREEN - Joint Strategic Action Plan 2021 – 2026 for the Implementation of the Protocol on Sustainable Transport adopted by the Parties of the Carpathian Convention
    - 01-12-2020
    Joint Strategic Action Plan 2021 – 2026 for the Implementation of the Protocol on Sustainable Transport adopted by the Parties of the Carpathian Convention

    The Sixth Conference of the Parties to the Convention for the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathian Mountains met on 25 November 2020 -- for the first time online. The Parties to the Carpathian Convention adopted a number...

  • SaveGREEN - Building Bridges
    - 30-11-2020
    Building Bridges

    Aiming to introduce its preliminary work on the planning of a green bridge installation in the Novohrad-Nógrád Slovak-Hungarian cross-border pilot area, SaveGREEN’s Associated Strategic Partner, the Slovak National Motorway Company, took part in...

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