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 - SaveGREEN: Magyar cooperation is on the way!
    - 27-11-2020

    As the Hungarian focal point of the SaveGREEN project, CEEweb organised the first online local cross-sectoral stakeholder Working Group (WG) meeting on 15 October 2020. The meeting marked the beginning of the project implementation for the...

  • SaveGREEN - Debutante
    - 27-11-2020

    The SaveGREEN project has had a non-stop commencement of activities, having said “present” in a series of professional events to introduce its objectives and synergies with projects and initiatives all over. Between the months of October and...

    - 20-10-2020

    Writen by MIROSLAV KUTAL Translated by MARTINA DUSKOVA Source:  On Tuesday, 8 September 2020, in the evening hours right after the first day of the SaveGREEN Kick-off Meeting, a lynx got hit by a car near the village of...

  • SaveGREEN - Preceding Project of SaveGREEN, TRANSGREEN Wins European Commission Natura 2000 Award
    - 16-10-2020
    Preceding Project of SaveGREEN, TRANSGREEN Wins European Commission Natura 2000 Award

    2020 October 15 - The European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius has announced the six winners of the Natura 2000 Awards for 2020 including projects from Finland, France, Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria and a...

  • SaveGREEN - Kick-Off Event: Paving the Road towards Eco-Connectivity
    - 09-10-2020
    Kick-Off Event: Paving the Road towards Eco-Connectivity

    Balance, how nature works, how it endures, and how it prevails. Pollinators, plants, herbivores, carnivores: all are interconnected, need each other, keep each other in check. Rupture of that natural balance is not great news. Ecological...

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