The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) is a transnational body, which has been established to implement the Danube River Protection Convention. The ICPDR is formally comprised by the Delegations of all Contracting Parties to the Danube River Protection Convention, but has also established a framework for other organisations to join.
In 2000, the ICPDR contracting parties nominated the ICPDR as the platform for the implementation of all transboundary aspects of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The work for the successful implementation of the EU WFD is therefor high on the political agenda of the countries of the Danube river basin district. In 2007, the ICPDR also took responsibility for coordinating the implementation of the EU Floods Directive in the Danube River Basin.
Today national delegates, representatives from highest ministerial levels, technical experts, and members of the civil society and of the scientific community cooperate in the ICPDR to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of waters in the Danube River Basin.
Since its creation in 1998 the ICPDR has promoted policy agreements and the setting of joint priorities and strategies for improving the state of the Danube and its tributaries.
This includes improving the tools used to manage environmental issues in the Danube basin, such as
- the Accident Emergency Warning System,
- the Trans-National Monitoring Network for water quality, and
- the information system for the Danube (Danubis).
What is a River Basin?
The ICPDR serves as the coordinating platform to address multilateral and basin-wide issues at the roof level of the DRBD (Danube River Basin District). The investigations, analyses and findings at this basin-wide scale focus on rivers with catchment areas larger than 4,000 km², lakes with a surface area larger than 100 km², plus transitional waters, coastal waters, and transboundary groundwater bodies of basin-wide importance.
Waters with smaller catchment and surface areas are subject to planning at sub-basin level, national level (managed through the respective competent authorities) or at sub-unit level. All of this planning combined provides a full set of information for the whole DRBD, covering all waters (surface as well as groundwater), irrespectively of their size. The different levels allow for more detailed planning where necessary, ensuring effective overall coordination.
The goals of the ICPDR
- Safeguarding the Danube’s Water resources for future generation
- Naturally balanced waters free from excess nutrients
- No more risk from toxic chemicals
- Healthy and sustainable river systems
- Damage-free floods
The different bodies of the ICPDR are:
Ordinary Meeting Group: taking the political decisions
Standing Working Group: providing political guidance
Technical Expert Groups and Task Groups: preparing the technical background documents
The work of the ICPDR is supported by a Permanent Secretariat located in Vienna, Austria.
For more in-depth information on the ICPDR, its work and structure, please read our "10 Frequently Asked Questions".
ICPDR Organigram (35.57 KB) Structure of the ICPDR including Permanent Secretariat, Expert Groups and Task Groups.
ICPDR Logo (vector) (907.25 KB) Vector-format .eps-version of the ICPDR logo (2016).
ICPDR Logo (pixel) (3.39 MB) Pixel-based .jpg-verison of the ICPDR logo (2016).
10 Years of co-operation in the Danube River Basin © 2004 ICPDR, Length: 4 min. 48 sec.