lifelineMDD - NEWSLETTER #1




Dear partners, associates and supporters of lifelineMDD,

This year has been challenging for all of us. We hope you are all healthy, safe and doing your best to adapt to the new reality the COVID 19 pandemic has set for us. Despite many challenges, we successfully managed to continue our work on the lifelineMDD project. We believe that all of you, as well as us, will have a successful and prosperous year 2021!

Read more about our work and download our project leaflet in English, German, Slovenian, Croatian, Serbian or Hungarian language for more information.



working together for protection and restoration of ecological connectivity in the TBR MDD





Despite many challenges set by the COVID 19 pandemic, the lifelineMDD project team managed to continue their work as planned. Although field activities such as fish sampling and live workshops were planned to happen this autumn, most of our work could be shifted online. Find out more!


New EEA report shines a light on the poor state of nature in the EU



State of nature in the EU: Results from reporting under the nature directives 2013-2018, published by the European Environment Agency on 19th of October, describes the state of nature in the EU during the period from 2013 to 2018, based on Member States′ reporting. The report states that despite significant efforts, biodiversity continues to decline and faces deteriorating trends in the greater part of Europe. Read more about the report and find how lifelineMDD can help to reverse those trends.


UNESCO certificate for the Lower Mura Valley Biosphere Reserve



Dr Miguel Clüsener-Godt, the director of the Department of Ecological and Earth Sciences of UNESCO and secretary of the research program "Man and the Biosphere", awarded the UNESCO certificate to the mayors of the municipalities of the Lower Mura Valley Biosphere Reserve on 28th of September. Find out more about this important milestone for the 5-country Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube.


Photo: E. Wurzinger


World Migratory Bird Day


Did you know that 1/5 of all bird species migrate? Bird migrations are some of the longest journeys taken by any animal, and migrating birds face many dangers along the way. In 2020, the World Migratory Bird Day was marked on 10th of October with the focus on raising awareness on the importance of conserving and restoring ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural cycles of migratory birds. Read more about what will be achieved in lifelineMDD and how you can help! 


Photo: G. Šafarek


Successful online kick-off of lifelineMDD


With an online kick-off event on the 7th of July, the lifelineMDD project was officially launched. “While the DTP-project coop MDD established living cooperation between Protected Area managers and produced a Transboundary Management Programme for the planned 5-country biosphere reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, the knowledge base and transboundary cross-sectoral cooperation can still be further improved. There are some unused opportunities for synergies between multiple aims of sectoral players in river management - lifelineMDD aims to address those through a cross-sectoral partnership”, said project manager Kerstin Böck. You can find more about the kick-off event on the link.




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