lifelineMDD Protecting and restoring ecological connectivity in the Mura-Drava-Danube river corridor through cross-sectoral cooperation

Mura, Drava and Danube (MDD) form the lifeline of one of the most valuable river corridors in the Danube Basin. However, connectivity within the corridor is reduced due to human-made changes to rivers and their natural processes. While DTP-project coopMDD established a living cooperation between Protected Area managers and a Transboundary Management Programme for the planned 5-country Biosphere Reserve MDD, the knowledge base and transboundary cross-sectoral cooperation stays insufficient. This leads to unused opportunities for synergies between multiple aims in river management. 


lifelineMDD addresses these issues with a cross-sectoral partnership, aiming to improve connectivity and biodiversity within the MDD river corridor by restoration of natural river dynamics. The development of a strategic integrated approach to river restoration in the transboundary bio-corridor will be based on scientific studies of bio-indicators fish and river birds and abiotic framework conditions sediment transport and climate change. A cross-sectoral learning process between nature protection and water management authorities based on pilot restoration actions will raise institutional competences and cooperation between key stakeholders. Involvement of NGOs, local and national policy levels will ensure sustainability of results by awareness raising in the local population and development of lasting stakeholder platforms.


By providing an integrated transboundary strategic framework for river restoration based on research, pilot restoration and joint learning, lifelineMDD will strongly contribute to the DTP objective of protecting and restoring ecological corridors and raise cooperation between main actors. The project contributes to close connectivity gaps defined in the EUSDR study “Ecological Connectivity in the Danube Region”, e.g. research gaps on complex ecological processes, cooperation gap between nature protection and other sectors, geographic gap on tributary rivers.

Protecting and restoring ecological connectivity in the Mura-Drava-Danube river corridor through cross-sectoral cooperation
Start date
01-07-2020
End date
31-12-2022
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2987789.19
ERDF Contribution: 2277239.14
IPA Contribution: 262381.65
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 3
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

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lifelineMDD leaflet 21-12-2020 09:04:48
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HU_lifelineMDD leaflet 11-02-2021 11:49:35
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SLO_lifelineMDD leaflet 11-02-2021 11:50:45
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
World Wide Fund for Nature Austria - WWF Austria Lead partner kerstin.boeck@wwf.at Austria
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna ERDF partner helmut.habersack@boku.ac.at Austria
Regional Management SO ERDF partner meier@vulkanland.at Austria
Office of the Styrian Government – Department 14 Water Management, Resources and Sustainability ERDF partner tanja.schriebl@stmk.gv.at Austria
Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation ERDF partner aleksander.koren@zrsvn.si Slovenia
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Project News

  • lifelineMDD - Educational picture book
    - 02-04-2021
    Educational picture book

    Within the lifelineMDD project activities, the Public Institution for management of nature protected areas in Varaždin County has printed an educational picture book about river birds and their habitats on the river Drava in Varaždin...

  • lifelineMDD - Local awareness event for the protection of amphibians in the Mura Biosphere Reserve
    - 31-03-2021
    Local awareness event for the protection of amphibians in the Mura Biosphere Reserve

    Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation (IRSNC) with its activities within the lifelineMDD - participates in the protection of the amphibians against mass run-ups (black spots) in the Mura Biosphere Reserve.    On...

  • lifelineMDD - Valuing water across the globe
    - 22-03-2021
    Valuing water across the globe

    World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to clean water. This year's theme is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource. How...

  • lifelineMDD - Mura river training structures mapping in the field
    - 08-03-2021
    Mura river training structures mapping in the field

    In February 2021 the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation organised two-day fieldwork with the purpose of river training structures mapping on two out of three stretches of the Mura River in Slovenia. The fieldwork was...

  • lifelineMDD - COOP MDD AND LIFELINEMDD PRESENTED at the 5TH EUSAIR FORUM
    - 10-02-2021
    COOP MDD AND LIFELINEMDD PRESENTED at the 5TH EUSAIR FORUM

    The Fifth Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) took place on 28-29thg of January, under the slogan Strengthening the resilience of the Adriatic and Ionian Region through cooperation. The conference was organized as...

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