Decision support system for sustainable water management in the Danube River Basin

  • Project idea information


    Well-governed Danube region - Improve institutional capacities to tackle major societal challenges

    Project Idea Promoter
    (name of the institution)

    Szechenyi Istvan University

    Needs and challenges
    (Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)

    Municipalities and authorities responsible for protecting the environment and protecting our waters need solutions, that help their decision making, with sientifically support systems, that enables responsible decision-making and promotes sustainability.

    (main and specific objectives to be achieved)

    By integrating our specialized water resources management knowledge with existing partners in economic development, tourism, and transport, we can establish a framework for exploring effective, economically profitable and sustainable ways to restore freshwater ecosystems. For the lighthouse project, demonstration activities in 3 different countries are required. We propose to be one of those demonstration sites at the Szigetköz-Csallóköz international region. We are looking for two international project partners who can lead and coordinate the lighthouse project and suggest additional demonstration sites.

    Main results and core outputs

    Within the Danube River Basin Lighthouse - Restoration of freshwater ecosystems project, the Szigetköz demonstration project has two focus areas:
    Focus Area 1: Decision support system for sustainable water management in the Szigetköz floodplain
    Focus Area 2: Decision support models for the development of sustainable municipal water management and innovative blue-green urban infrastructure
    The goal of this project is to increase water security in the region, mitigate the effects of climate change via nature-based methods, and lay the foundation for ecosystem reconstruction. The starting point for the project is the hydrological and ecological rehabilitation of the Old Danube and its tributary systems, and the hydrodynamic and environmental modelling studies. Based on these studies, local hydrodynamic, water management and municipal water management system models, including blue-green infrastructure methods will be developed. These studies will provide the basis for risk analysis from natural and human impacts,

    Main foreseen activities

    Cooperation with comprehensive water policy planning (Municipalities, National Parks, regional utility companies, ÉDUVIZIG) with the following major functions:
    1. Irrigation, agricultural water demand
    2. Ecological design and monitorin
    3. Environmental restoration, and decision support
    4. Floodplain forestry, wildlife management
    5. Fisheries
    6. Recreation (water sports, water tourism)
    Implementation of pilot projects.
    Increase public engagement.

    Innovative character of the project idea

    This is a new innovative and user friendly deccission supporty system, with scientific results.

    Estimated Total Budget
    (in EUR)

    500 000

    Estimated duration
    (in months)

    36 months

  • Partners involved at this stage

    ERDF Partners


    IPA Partners


    Associated Strategic Partners

    OVF - General Directorate of Water Management - Hungary
    ÉDUVÍZIG - North-Transdanubian Water Directorate - Győr
    Pannon-Víz Zrt. - Public Works Győr region
    Aquaszol Zrt. - Public Works Mosonmagyaróvár region
    Szigetköz Natúrpark – Szigetköz Natural Park
    Fertőhanság Nemzeti Park -Fertőhanság National Park

  • Partners requested

    ERDF Partners


    IPA Partners


    Associated Strategic Partners

    An ideal consortium covers the following areas: research, demonstration, socialization, implementation.
    Type of organisations we are looking for: municipality, research institute, national park, SME’s, public authorities.

  • Contact Person


    Dr. Petra Szakonyi


    9024 Győr Egyetem tér 1.



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Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)