Developing a multi-scale, multi-disciplinary GIS framework to jointly assess human water security and river ecological status in the Danube Basin

  • Project idea information


    Environment and culture responsible Danube region - Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    Budapest University of Technology and Economics

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    (1) Developing a consistent overall picture on the status of water bodies by spatial models that integrate sectoral policies and upscale WFD-based monitoring results to the whole catchment.
    (2) To acknowledge interactions of natural and societal systems and to gain wider societal legitimacy, ecological and human dimensions should be coupled during each phase of integrated, sustainable water resources management.

    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    The main objective is to develop a high-resolution, multi-scale, integrative and innovative GIS framework for the Danube Basin (DB), which assesses local and downward propagating impacts of ca. 25 key drivers that cumulatively pose threats to human water security (HWS) and river ecological status (RES).

    Main results and core outputs

    (1) Open-source GIS framework, maps of threat posed by individual drivers (ca. 25) to HWS and RES in the DB.
    (2) Integrated spatial analysis of cumulative threats. Comparison of countries, various protected areas; identification of source areas of major pressures for the Danube Delta/Black Sea.
    (3) Upscaling WFD-based status assessment to the whole river network.
    (4) Policy recommendations.

    Main foreseen activities

    Collecting existing information, finding appropriate indicators, developing GIS tool, formulating policy recommendations.

    Innovative character of the project idea

    Integrated spatial assessment of many drivers in a large catchment; integration among European environmental directives; directly coupling the human and ecological dimensions.

    Estimated Total Budget
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    Estimated duration
    (in months)


  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners


    IPA Partners


    Associated Strategic Partners


  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners

    Hydrology, sedimentology, water quality, aquatic ecology experts from any country.

    IPA Partners

    Hydrology, sedimentology, water quality, aquatic ecology experts from any country.

    Associated Strategic Partners

    Environmental protection, nature protection, sustainable development, transboundary water management, water management.

  • Contact Person


    Vera Istvánovics


    Műegyetem rkp. 3. Budapest, 1111, Hungary



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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)