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
D.2.3.2 Public Final Conference: - presentations 05-12-2021 08:48:39
D.2.3.2 Public Final Conference - minutes 05-12-2021 08:46:12
D3.4.4. D2C Declaration 15-11-2021 07:58:18
List of maps 04-04-2021 22:29:44
Map GB_LeastCost_Map1_GER_CZ_A3 04-04-2021 22:29:05
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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 - The results of the Dare to Connect project were presented at the conference
    - 25-11-2021
    The results of the Dare to Connect project were presented at the conference

    This year's "Aktuality šumavského výzkumu" (Šumava Research News) conference was also a celebration of 30 years since the founding of the Šumava National Park and 50 years since the founding of the Bavarian Forest National Park. It took place in...

  • D2C - Final conference of the project was successful
    - 15-11-2021
    Final conference of the project was successful

    The DaRe to Connect final conference summarized the project results and charted possible ways forward ecological stability of the Euroepan Green Belt. The conference was hold on November 10, 2021, online. It was attended by 65 participants from...

  • D2C - Final Conference - Open registration
    - 18-10-2021
    Final Conference - Open registration

    The final conference of the DaRe To Connect project is organized on November 10, 2021, online.  Registration in the project final conference is open at the registration link.  You can find more information about the conference at the...

  • D2C - Public excursion in Slovak pilot region
    - 02-10-2021
    Public excursion in Slovak pilot region

    The field trip for public and stakeholders in the CHKO Záhorie, the project pilot area, was organized on September 10, 2021 by Slovak project partners - Záhorie Protected Landscape administration and the Ekopolis Foundation. Ten participants and...

  • D2C - Final conference - Save the Date
    - 16-09-2021
    Final conference - Save the Date

    The date of the Dare to Connect final conference is set to November 10, 2021. Carefully considering COVID-19 pandemic development in Central Europe we decided to organize the conference online. On one hand we are missing rare opportunity to meet...

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