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
01-07-2020
End date
31-12-2022
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2681728.7
ERDF Contribution: 2279469.36
IPA Contribution: 0
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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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
WWF Central and Eastern Europe Lead partner hmeyer@wwfcee.org Austria
Environment Agency Austria ERDF partner roland.grillmayer@umweltbundesamt.at Austria
Black Sea NGO Network ERDF partner bsnn@bsnn.org Bulgaria
Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation ERDF partner stefan.avramov@biodiversity.bg Bulgaria
Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, Olomouc branch ERDF partner miroslav.kutal@hnutiduha.cz Czech Republic
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Project News

  • SaveGREEN - Zakarpattia pilot area: a critical eco-corridor at the geographical heart of Europe
    - 28-01-2022
    Zakarpattia pilot area: a critical eco-corridor at the geographical heart of Europe

    Our next virtual trip within the SaveGREEN project takes us to the gorgeous Zakarpattia Region (or Oblast), located in western Ukraine. This unique pilot area, comprising roughly 12,780 km2, lies within the Zakarpattia lowlands and along the...

  • SaveGREEN - An important contribution to the implementation of the Carpathian Convention
    - 14-01-2022
    An important contribution to the implementation of the Carpathian Convention

    Let's start the new year with an important throwback moment for SaveGREEN to the end of the year last year where a high-impact networking event took place. The Carpathian Convention held its 12th Implementation Committee Meeting in Krakow,...

  • SaveGREEN - Involving wider audience - Coverage of SaveGREEN press field trip in Slovak media
    - 11-01-2022
    Involving wider audience - Coverage of SaveGREEN press field trip in Slovak media

    After the Hungarian pilot site press visit, the "cross-border sibling area", Novohrad on the Slovakian side had its own successful press field trip as well, organised within the SaveGREEN project, reaching high media coverage and drawing public...

  • SaveGREEN - Developing an integrated monitoring plan for the Arad-Deva pilot area
    - 11-01-2022
    Developing an integrated monitoring plan for the Arad-Deva pilot area

    A complex and diverse natural and cultural landscape, the Arad-Deva pilot area in Romania harbours the Mureș River Valley, the Zarand and Metaliferi mountains to the north, and the Lipovei Hills and Poiana Ruscă Mountains to the south. The...

  • SaveGREEN - A call to action: incorporating Nature in Infrastructure Development
    - 11-01-2022
    A call to action: incorporating Nature in Infrastructure Development

    The impacts of infrastructure development on ecosystems and biodiversity are vividly evident today. Roads represent the first tendrils of human expansion, driving deforestation and degradation, opening thousands of hectares of previously intact...

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