Danube Watch 2/2021 - News and Events

2021’s Public Consultation Process comes to a close

After a busy year of activities, the ICPDR brings to a close its 2021 Public Consultation Process and ceases receiving comments on its management plan updates.

Every six years the ICPDR updates its key management plans. This year, the review and commenting on the Danube River Basin Management Plan & Danube Flood Risk Management Plan Updates 2021 was open to anybody and everybody in the Danube River Basin, with the draft plans published on ICPDR.org earlier in the year.

During the period from 31st March to 30th September 2021, written communications with comments on the plans were received from a total of 11 organizations and 165 private individuals. Despite the majority of activities, including the Stakeholder Consultation Workshop (covered in detail in DW 1/21) having to take place online due to the global pandemic, the ICPDR’s 2021 Public Consultation has been a resounding success with a further reach than ever before in the history of the organisation.

The commenters and organisations represented a range of interests, and all of these comments (some of which are extensive documents relating to several different sections in the plans) have been published online and taken into account during the finalisation of the management plan texts. Visit the section of the ICPDR website dedicated to the 2021 Public Consultation process for further information.

ICPDR Publishes Guidance Document and Policy Paper on Sustainable Agriculture

Advantageous conditions in the Danube River Basin make agriculture a hugely important component of the economy in many Danube countries. Although substantially subsidized by the European Union (EU) and national governments in the region, the agriculture sector continues to face socio-economic challenges in recent years. Despite the high share of land being cultivated, agriculture is not among the strongest economic sectors in the DRB.

Thus, in the ICPDR’s new Guidance Document and Policy Paper on Sustainable Agriculture, the ICPDR recommends sound policy instruments, financial programmes, and cost-efficient agricultural measures to protect water bodies for decision makers in the field of agro-environmental policy. The documents propose support for Danube countries preparing and implementing their tailor-made national agro-environmental policies, CAP Strategic Plans and relevant strategies of the River Basin Management Plans in good synergy.

Read more on icpdr.org/main/icpdr-publishes-guidance-document-and-policy-paper-sustainable-agriculture

30th PP EG Meeting marks new milestone

The ICPDR’s Public Participation Expert Group (PP EG) held their 30th meeting online on 15th October 2021, marking a major milestone for the group responsible for guiding ICPDR communications and public events.

The PP EG’s regular meetings have provided the backbone for various ICPDR operations over the course of the last 15 years, ensuring that the organisation’s tone-of-voice and communications aims meet the demands of all ICPDR member countries. The PP EG plays a key role in finalising and planning all ICPDR communication activities, including public consultation on management plans (which has played a key role throughout 2021), annual Danube Day and Danube Art Master celebrations, plus the launch of the ICPDR’s social media platforms back in 2018.

In its 15-year history, PP EG meetings have taken place in 15 cities across 10 Danubian countries, bringing together the rich cultural diversity of the Danube River Basin. Congratulations to the PP EG on the big 3–0!

We Pass Final Event

With We Pass coming to a close, the project focusing on preserving and re-establishing fish migration routes in the Danube River Basin held its Final Conference online via Zoom on 17th & 18th November 2021.

This online conference brought together a variety of partners from various relevant sectors to hear reports from the project's various Activity Leaders on Data Analysis, Fish Monitoring, Commu- nications, 3D Modelling, and more. On the second day of the event, participants also witnessed a panel discussion with several of We Pass’ experts, and presentations were given by representatives of related and similar projects focusing on the issue of sturgeon and migratory fish conservation efforts.

Spread across two morning sessions, this public Final Conference didn’t only report on everything that's happened during We Pass however. The agenda also sought to pave the way forward for We Pass 2 – the follow-up project due to kick off in the coming period.

Visit we-pass.org for more information

Next: Danube Watch 2/2021 - WePass: Explained

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