Tid(y)Up F(ol)low the Plastic from source to the sea: Tisza-Danube integrated action plan to eliminate plastic pollution of rivers

Despite the advanced waste management and ambitious recycling objectives of the EU, studies indicate the presence of macroplastic and microplastic pollution in rivers of Europe. Tid(y)Up project is focusing on the improvement of water quality and reduction of plastic pollution in one of Europe’s most heavily contaminated rivers, the Tisza, and investigates plastic pollution and its effect on the Danube and the Black Sea. Currently there are no standard methods and consistent data available on plastic pollution of rivers in the Danube Basin that would help harmonized actions of water management authorities and allow cooperation with other sectors. In Tid(y)Up, project partners develop and launch a set of integrated actions, consult and provide tools for relevant stakeholders and initiate long term transboundary and intersectoral cooperation with the aim of monitoring and eliminating the plastic pollution. The project operates with a list of diverse tools including research activities to standardize methods for estimation of the size of pollution, formulating recommendations toward standardized measurement and analyzing methods. The partnership of Tid(y)Up will carry out field trips, expeditions, pilot actions to identify and restore polluted areas, as well as education and awareness raising actions for prevention. The novelty of the project is that it provides tools, data and the assessment of various used methodology for understanding of the sources, nature and risks of contamination flows; and delivers practical examples of possible actions and legislative solutions both on local and transnational level. The key focus is to gather all necessary information, raise awareness of the relevant actors and provide them with practical tools in order to create active, cooperating communities in the fight against the plastic waste contamination and contribute to the work of water authorities to improve water quality by providing input for the upcoming revision of DRBMP.

F(ol)low the Plastic from source to the sea: Tisza-Danube integrated action plan to eliminate plastic pollution of rivers
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1628193.54
ERDF Contribution: 1138263.5
IPA Contribution: 86262.25
ENI Contribution: 159438.75
Call number
Call 3
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Strengthen transnational water management and flood risk prevention


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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Filmjungle.eu Society Lead partner molnar.attila.david@termeszetfilm.hu Hungary
Association of Environmental Enterprises ERDF partner ugyvezeto@kszgysz.hu Hungary
Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Science ERDF partner vraykov@io-bas.bg Bulgaria
Multisalva Association ERDF partner szabolcs@multisalva.ro Romania
University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna ERDF partner Austria
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Project News

    - 19-04-2021

    During the first organized international field trip of the project, Tid(y)Up experts from 4 countries set sail on the Danube to start monitoring microplastic contamination in the project area. The M.V. LUPPA sailing downstream on the...

  • Tid(y)Up - Managing the latest winter river plastic floods
    - 15-02-2021
    Managing the latest winter river plastic floods

    Despite the harsh weather, large scale river cleanup interventions are taking place in multiple locations on one of Europe's most heavily polluted river, the Tisza. NGOs, municipalities and water management authorities are working together trying...

  • Tid(y)Up - Missed the conference? It's been recorded!
    - 11-12-2020
    Missed the conference? It's been recorded!

    The Tid(y)Up - Save Our Rivers! INTERREG DTP project conference was held within the framework of the Danube Transnational Programme, co-financed by the EU. The topic of the online and COVID-proof conference was the conservation of our...

  • Tid(y)Up - The international partner meeting of Tid(y)Up onboard MV Europa
    - 02-11-2020
    The international partner meeting of Tid(y)Up onboard MV Europa

    Európa, one of the biggest eventboats of Budapest will host Tid(y)Up's first International Partner Meeting. Hungarian speakers will attend the event in person, other project partners can join the event online after registration. If you are...

  • Tid(y)Up - Microplastic workshop goes online
    - 02-11-2020
    Microplastic workshop goes online

    All partners of the Tid(y)Up project are welcome to join in the first creative meeting of the project, namely the international Microplastic Workshop. Due to COVID, the event is going to be online. 'The goal is to discuss the details of the...

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