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ICPDR celebrates 20 years AT Donau-Auen National Park
On 27 October, the Donau-Auen National Park celebrated 20 years of existence. Since its founding in 1996, the work of the national park has been essential for developing and maintaining biological corridors for the diverse fauna and flora in its 38 kilometres stretch of the Danube. The national park received a special birthday gift this year: the protected area was expanded by 277 hectares with areas at Fischamend and Petronell. This expansion, made possible by the support of the federal government and the provinces of Vienna and Lower Austria, has made a significant step towards the further development of the national park.
For more information, visit: www.donauauen.at
Black Sea from Space Workshop
The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), together with the National Institute for Marine Research and Development ‘Grigore Antipa’ and the European Space Agency (ESA), organised the ‘Black Sea from Space’ workshop, held on 28-30 September. The ICPDR was represented by Technical Expert on GIS Zoran Major as invited keynote speaker. The workshop focused on the opportunity of the Earth Observation to monitor and analyse the environment of the Black Sea, utilising the increasing observing capacity offered by space projects such as the Sentinel satellites and accessing long term data that can indicate changes, and offer the necessary tools to provide solutions to improve the quality of the environment.
For more information, visit: www.rosa.ro/index.php/en/news-menu/evenimente/1700-black-sea-from-space-workshop
Discussions held on sediment management
The European Sediment Network (SedNet), the ICPDR and the International Commission for the Protection of the Elbe River organised the third Round Table Discussion of its kind, this time on the topic, ‘Bringing Together Experiences in Sediment Management Concepts - Elbe meets Danube’, held in Budapest on 7-9 November 2016. The Round Table allowed the two river basin commissions together with SedNet to exchange experiences on the integration of sediment management in river basin management. In particular, the discussion focused on methodological approaches of designing and implementing a sediment management concept. Representatives from other European river basins where similar activities on sediment management have taken place were invited to take part. A report on the outcome of the meeting is expected to be published.
For more information, visit: www.sednet.org
ICPDR Annual Report 2015 now available
2015 was an eventful year for the ICPDR. Major advances were made towards achieving the ICPDR’s long-term vision for sustainable integrated river basin management in the Danube Basin, including a focus on finalising management plans for the 2015–21 cycle, as well as initiatives on sturgeon, invasive species, and public participation. The Annual Report 2015 is available, in print or for download, providing detailed insight into all the ICPDR initiatives, events and cooperative activities in the Danube River Basin during 2015.
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7th follow-up meeting of the Joint Statement
On 15–16 September, the Danube Commission hosted the 7th follow-up meeting of the Joint Statement on Inland Navigation and Environmental Sustainability in the Danube River Basin (Joint Statement) and introduced two new, concrete mechanisms to implement by the next meeting in order to improve the process of such meetings: Good Navigation Status and Pool of Experts. After lively discussions, nine important areas were identified needing technical assistance on projects in the next period: geomorphology, hydrology, river ecology, river engineering, environmental impact assessment, NATURA 2000, the EU Water Framework Directive, inland navigation and waterways management. The underlying principle of such meetings is the need for an interdisciplinary planning process from the beginning of a project, as well as to minimise the impacts of engineering interventions through non-structural measures and the application of environmental impact assessments with public input.
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Research and innovation at 5th annual forum of the EUSDR
Entitled ‘Innovative Flows – Water, Knowledge and Innovation in the Danube Region’, this year’s annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) held in Bratislava, Slovakia on 3–4 November 2016 focused on water management and innovation in the Danube region. Participants discussed the future of the Danube Strategy in workshops covering issues such as water management, knowledge society, governance of the Strategy and links to EU funds. The forum, jointly organised by the Slovak Republic (current Presidency of the EUSDR) and the European Commission (Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy - DG REGIO and Directorate General of the Joint Research Center - DG JRC), also highlighted the ‘Scientific Support to the Danube Strategy’ initiative by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
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