Latest News

Below, find all the news articles of the last months and years in chronological order.


From 5th to 7th of April 2017 the DANUBEparksCONNECTED Team came together in the beautiful scenery of the Wachau to discuss the project activities of the "Corridor Land". To establish a connectivity of the protected areas of the DANUBEPARKS network on land, activities for dry habitats and riparian forests are planned in the course of the DANUBEparksCONNECTED project.





DANUBEparksCONNECTED Kick-off conference on 21st and 22nd of February 2017 in Ingolstadt

More than 100 participants from 11 countries came together to learn more about the new DANUBEPARKS project. A welcome speech of Christian Lösel (Lord Mayor of the City of Ingolstadt), key notes by Carl Manzano (General Secretary, Donau-Auen Nationalpark), Florian Ballnus ( Priority Area Coordinator, PA 6, EUSDR), Veronika Sikova (Priority Area Coordinator, PA 2, EUSDR) and Gusztáv Csomor (Project Officer, DTP Joint Secretariat), perfectly introduced the audience to the subject.


DANUBEparksCONNECTED consists of 15 project partners and 9 associated partners from almost all Danube countries. It is co-funded by the European Union through the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme and has an overall budget of more than 3 Mio. EUR.

The main objective of the project is to expand the already well established DANUBEPARKS network beyond the borders of the protected areas and develop a Danube Habitat Corridor. Over the next 2, 5 years strategic activities and pilot actions will be implemented on land, water and in the sky. The different Work packages have been presented by the Work package leaders. The main topic for the conference were the work packages DANUBE FREE SKY and WILDisland.



Bridging the Danube Protected Areas towards a Danube Habitat Corridor

The Danube River is a green lifeline for biodiversity. While the Network of Danube Protected Areas preserves the most valuable sites, habitat fragmentation limits efforts to preserve a cohesive ecosystem. DANUBEparksCONNECTED has initiated the DANUBE HABITAT CORRIDOR campaign to counteract fragmentation. It offers Danube-wide strategies and exemplary pilot actions aiming to restore and maintain connectivity in all habitat elements:



DANUBEPARKS awarded by Commissioner Vella 21.5.2015 - Winner of the Natura 2000 Award 2015!

This pan-European Award recognises excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and conservation achievements, showcasing the added value for local economies, and increasing public awareness of Europe's valuable natural heritage. On 21st May, DANUBEPARKS was announced as winner of the Natura 2000 award 2015!



Nature’s Havens on the Danube

In 2014, the photographer Zsolt Kudich and Réka Zsirmon visited all Danube Protected Areas. With fantastic images they illustrate the beauty and diversity of the Danube natural values. But their journey along the Danube also showed them: the survival of the biodivesty is fragile. With their images, Zsolt and Réka are the best speakers to promote the role of DANUBEPARKS as Nature´s Havens on the Danube.



DANUBEPARKS is nominated by the European Commission as finalist for the Natura 2000 Award 2015!

The finalists for the second edition of the European Natura 2000 Award were announced this week. In the “category “Cross-border Cooperation and Networking”, DANUBEPARKS is selected as one of the best European initiatives. This is an honour for DANUBEPARKS, an acknowledgement for our intense efforts and fruitful activities in the last years and a promise to continue our work for our joint Danube natural heritage!



May 28th to 31st Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe Conference

From May 28th to 31st the “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe” Conference will be held in the Donau-Auen National Park in Hainburg, Austria.

At this meeting, the European conservation community will gather to discuss, share and showcase original approaches for conservation and development of the Danube as well as to face and discuss issues regarding protected areas all over Europe over the next decades.

As our partners in matters of conservation of these various protected areas along the Danube River we kindly invite you to come to Hainburg and participate in the “Little Sydney Conference”.

The Donau-Auen National Park as host will provide you a framework program consisting in tours through the Protected Areas and our Park’s exhibitions. You will also experience the broader region with trips to the closely located Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel National Park and various typical food specialties.

To register for the event and for further information visit the Little Sydney Conference’s website iucn.org/littlesydney

We are looking forward to welcome you in Hainburg on May 28th!



European Riverprize Finalists

On October 28, the European Riverprize was awarded to the River Mur at a Gala Dinner in Vienna, embedded in the frame of the European River Restoration Conference. DANUBEPARKS (Danube River, Transnational) was one of the finalists together with Freiland Environmental Consulting and the Styrian Government (Mur River, Austria) and our member BROZ (Danube River, Slovakia).



2nd prize in photo competition

The SEE Annual Conference on September 24-25 in Ljubljana also saw the awarding of prizes within the SEE photo competition. DANUBEPARKS' photo "Hidden values" won the second prize!



DANUBEPARKS Association founded!

The Final Conference of the DANUBEPARKS STEP 2.0 Project was connected to an important event for future cooperation: The first General Assembly of the recently founded DANUBEPARKS Association, including the election of the Management Board.