Danube Watch 1/2017 - News and Events

News & events

ICPDR releases report on the 2015 droughts in the Danube River Basin

In 2015, sections of the Danube River Basin were affected by droughts which negatively impacted various water-dependent economic sectors, vegetation and the aquatic environment. Significant drought phenomena were experienced in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine. As a consequence of the combination of rain shortages and very high temperatures, plant water requirement levels rose dramatically. This is the latest of a series of drought events which have occurred in Europe in the last decade.

The report summarises the main impacts on water-related sectors and includes an overview of measures which were taken by the individual Danube countries. An analysis of the situation and the discussions derived from it, lessons learned and conclusions for the Danube Basin and at national level are summarised in the final chapter of the report.

For more information, visit: http://www.donauauen.at


JOINTISZA kick-off event

The official kick-off meeting and first stakeholder event of the JOINTISZA project (Strengthening Cooperation between River Basin Management Planning and Flood Risk Prevention to Enhance the Status of Waters of the Tisza River Basin) took place on 1-2 March 2017 at the Conference Centre of the Regional Environmental Centre (REC) for Central and Eastern Europe.

The meeting brought together representatives of the project partners and associated strategic partners from the five countries (Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine) that share the Tisza River Basin. The meeting centred on: building a consortium spirit, agreeing on efficient internal management and communication processes, reviewing and detailing project activities and the project work plan, and deciding on immediate steps underpinning the next six months of the project.

For more information, visit:
http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/jointisza


New EU app to track invasive alien animals and plants

An online application to help citizens identify and share information about 37 invasive alien species in Europe, such as the American grey squirrel, has been developed by the EU's Joint Research Centre. 'Invasive Alien Species Europe', which contains detailed information about and photos of those animals and plants, makes it possible for citizens to use their phones' navigation system and cameras to capture images of invasive species. By sending the exact location of a sighting and a photo via the app, users contribute to crowdsourcing the maps showing where invasive aliens species occur, and help to build the European Alien Species Information Network. Users can record pictures of possible invasive alien species together with complementary information about their observation.

For more information, visit:
http://digitalearthlab.jrc.ec.europa.eu/app/invasive-alien-species-europe


Preparing for the oceans conference: ICPDR invited to share technical expertise

On 15-16 February 2017, Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly, convened a two-day preparatory meeting at the UN headquarters in New York to consider the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements of a 'Call for Action' in preparation for the June 2017 high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14), known as the Oceans Conference. The preparatory meeting was open to a broad range of stakeholders including NGOs, civil society organisations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropical organisations and other groups.

Given the strong connection between SDG14 and SDG6, the ICPDR was invited to contribute to the discussion. ICPDR Executive Secretary Ivan Zavadsky was among the panellists on the Technical Panel of the side event on Achieving SDG 14 on Oceans: Strategies and Approaches for Accelerating and Scaling up SDG14 Implementation, and shared the Danube/Black Sea experience: Reversing large scale hypoxic areas caused by basin-wide nutrient pollution, an ICPDR success story.

For more information, visit:
http://icpdr.org/main/preparing-oceans-conference-icpdr-invited-share-technical-expertise-sdg6-contributions

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