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Anchoring the Danube River Network of Protected Areas as Platform for Preservation of Danube Natural Heritage
"Anchoring the Danube River Network of Protected Areas as Platform for Preservation of Danube Natural Heritage" is to establish DANUBEPARKS as Sustainable Transnational Environmental Platform (STEP 2.0) on strategic level to ensure its long-term contribution to Danube relevant policies, in particular to the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). Implementing DANUBEPARKS SEE/A/064/2.3/X (2009-2012) Danube River Protected Areas for the first time have systematically tackled common challenges and problems on a Danube wide scale, setting up transnational thematic task forces, promoting intensive exchange of experience, elaborating transnational strategies and implementing pilot projects of transnational importance. There is now an evident need and willingness for a second step to continue, deepen and enlarge this transnational approach in PA management along the Danube River, contributing to the actions of the EUDRS Priority Area 6 as stated in the letter of recommendation by the Priority Area Coordinators (cf. Attachments). DANUBEPARKS STEP 2.0 aims to develop a sustainable organisational structure for the Network based on well-proven and dedicated staff. The STEP 2.0 campaign (WP3) is to enlarge Network Membership to cover up all relevant parts of the Danube River natural heritage (strategic enlargement towards 20 Network partners), connecting stronger with relevant Danube stakeholders and learning from existing networks and strategies (e.g. ALPARC, CNPA). DANUBEPARKS STEP 2.0 will implement transnational conservation strategies elaborated in DANUBEPARKS SEE/A/064/2.3/X such as the White-tailed Eagle Action Plan and establish new transnational flagship species (e.g. black poplar for conservation of riverine forests and nature friendly floodplain forestry) (WP4). In close cooperation with ICPDR it will raise Danube wide awareness for the strategic importance of dynamic river morphology (WP 5). It promotes a cross-sectoral and integrative management approach and aims at building up a better base for promoting the Danube River and its hinterland as a transnational destination for nature tourism (WP 6). Communication actions (WP 2 as well as WP 4, 5, 6) address the wide public to get broad support for nature conservation on transnational scale. There are fascinating stories to tell e.g. about the most spectacular raptor or the largest tree specimen of the Danube floodplains. Project partnership has a clear focus on the Danube River, suits a real need and corresponds to the strategic development objectives for the Danube River Network of Protected Areas. It consists of 14 project partners from 8 Danube countries, all of them responsible for active Protected Area management on site, covering the river stretches most relevant for the remaining natural heritage of the Danube. The range of 17 observer partners from 10 countries contains 3 more PA administrations from Romania and Moldova as well as stakeholders of Danube wide importance and partners supporting the Network by their experience in transnational PA networking or giving technical and political support from State Authorities. DANUBEPARKS STEP 2.0 works to preserve and promote the Danube River as an inspiring lifeline for a new macro-region, bringing transnational policies and strategies to life.
Call: 4
Priority: Protection and Improvement of the Environment
Area of intervention: Promote cooperation in management of natural assets and protected areas
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Project budget:
  • Overall project budget: 2.204.901,00 €
  • ERDF contribution: 1.480.961,00 €
  • IPA contribution: 393.204,00 €
  • ENPI contribution: 0,00 €
Project start date / end date:
2012-10 / 2014-09