D2C DaRe to Connect - Supporting Danube Region’s ecological Connectivity by linking Natura 2000 areas along the Green Belt

What is the GreenBelt?

With the European Green Belt, an extraordinary ecological network and living memorial landscape has been developed along the former Iron Curtain. In the area of the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme (DTP) the European Green Belt connects 10 countries. It forms a backbone of the Pan-European ecological network and can provide a significant contribution to EU Green Infrastructure (GI) and TEN-G.

We dare to connect!

However, the Green Belt still suffers from a certain level of not sufficiently connected habitats and valuable landscapes. The main objective of the „DaRe to Connect (D2C)“ project is therefore the implementation of the EU Danube Strategy by further transnational development of the connectivity of the Green Belt as backbone of EU Green infrastructure (EU GI) by maintaining and enhancing ecosystems and their services.

Technology, nature and people

There are several main parts of the project: 

  • The project defines feasible ecological corridors between Natura 2000 areas on transnational and macro-regional level by innovative GIS and remote sensing approaches, partly based on newly available EU-Copernicus (Sentinel) data.      
  • Then, the project will provide concrete guidance and recommendations on planning and establishment of transnational ecological corridors connecting Natura 2000 areas on local and regional level, derived from pilot actions.
  • Results will be mainstreamed via a transnational strategic vision "Green Belt in the Danube Region 2030” to be endorsed by national political stakeholders.  
  • The improvement of capacities of responsible public bodies and NGOs will lead to better understanding as well as to an improved knowledge exchange and cooperation.
  • PR-work and events will give local/regional people and politicians an understanding of how connectivity and ESS can contribute to human wellbeing.

Project participation and learning interaction will enhance individual capacities of the project partners' staff and other involved institutions to further develop the European Green Belt in the DTP area.

The project activities are focused mainly in 6 pilot regions: 

You can read more about pilot regions here.

DaRe to Connect -  Supporting Danube Region’s ecological Connectivity by linking Natura 2000 areas along the Green Belt
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2086654,1
ERDF Contribution: 1684031,98
IPA Contribution: 89624
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors


Filename Date of upload
List of maps 04-04-2021 22:29:44
Map GB_LeastCost_Map1_GER_CZ_A3 04-04-2021 22:29:05
Map GB_LeastCost_Map2_AUT_CZ_SK_A3 04-04-2021 22:27:56
Map GB_LeastCost_Map3_AUT_HU_SLO_A3 04-04-2021 22:26:49
Map GB_LeastCost_Map4_HR_HU_A3 04-04-2021 22:25:30
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Bavarian branch of BUND, Friends of the Earth Germany, BUND Project Office Green Belt Lead partner melanie.kreutz@bund-naturschutz.de GERMANY
Ametyst Non-governmental organization ERDF partner marinakova@ametyst21.cz CZECH REPUBLIC
Environment Agency Austria ERDF partner maria.stejskal-tiefenbach@umweltbundesamt.at AUSTRIA
University of Vienna, Division of Conservation Biology, Vegetation Ecology and Landscape Ecology ERDF partner thomas.wrbka@univie.ac.at AUSTRIA
Őrség National Park Directorate ERDF partner i.szentirmai@gmail.com HUNGARY
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Project News

  • D2C - Scientific conference presented outputs of the D2C project
    - 20-04-2021
    Scientific conference presented outputs of the D2C project

    More than 90 participants from 22 European countries participated in the DaRe to Connect Scientific Conference - “Science in Support of Ecological Networks – Lessons learned from the European Green Belt” hold on April 15, 2021 online. The aim of...

  • D2C - Learning by playing
    - 04-04-2021
    Learning by playing

    On the occasion of the World Wetland Day on 2 February 2021 and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention, the D2C project partner Public Institution for the Management of Protected Parts of Nature and Ecological Network of...

  • D2C - Scops Owl in Hungary and Slovenia
    - 15-03-2021
    Scops Owl in Hungary and Slovenia

    Photo © Patrick J. Blake The habitat selection of Scops Owl (Otus scops) has not been studied in Hungary so far. The population in the Carpathian Basin can be considered as a range edge population. Yet, studying and conserving breeding...

  • D2C - EVENT: Pan-European Green Belt Re-Connect Forum & DaRe to Connect Scientific Conference
    - 02-03-2021
    EVENT: Pan-European Green Belt Re-Connect Forum & DaRe to Connect Scientific Conference

    Let us officially invite you to our 2-day online event combining an interactive get-together on 14th and an informative DaRe to Connect Scientific Conference on 15th of April 2021.  Please be aware registration for each day is separated, you...

  • D2C - Winter Wetlands Bike Tour along the Drava River in Croatia
    - 21-02-2021
    Winter Wetlands Bike Tour along the Drava River in Croatia

    On Wednesday, 3 February 2021, the Public institution for the management of protected parts of nature and ecological network of Virovitica-Podravina County , the Dare to Connect project partner, organised Winter Wetlands Bike Tour. The aim of...

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