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

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The first activity of our 2nd Danube Volunteers day has been organised by Donau-Auen National Park. Around 30 Volunteers from WWF Generation Earth collected 18 big garbage bags on the riverbank of the National Park.

We thank all participants and are looking forward to the next activities happening until June in all DANUBEPARKS Protected Areas.

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In November 2017all members came together to elect a new management board. Carl manzano, Director of Donau-Auen National Park has been re-elected as DANUBEPARKS President.

Despite severe human alterations, the Danube River still is of transnational importance to protect biodiversity in Sout-East Europe, and represents a major ecosystem on European scale. The Protected Areas along the Danube preserve and restore the most valuable habitats, thus safeguarding an important part of Europe’s natural heritage for future generations.
Consequently, already in 2017, DANUBEPARKS – the Danube River Network of Protected Areas was founded to boost transnational and Danube-wide efforts for nature conservation, river restoration and nature education.

After the successful implementation of two Danube wide EU-Projects, the DANUBEPARKS Association was founded in 2014 to provide a more stable framework of cooperation and a stronger joint voice. 12 full members and four observer members provided a solid ground for collaboration and experience exchange. Carl Manzano, Director of Donau-Auen Nationalpark has been elected as President and Georg Frank has been appointed as General Secretary. Since then the DANUBEPARKS office was located at Donau-Auen Nationalpark.

Meanwhile, DANUBEPARKS continued to grow and today consists of 16 Protected Areas from nine Danube countries. In November 2017 all members came together in Ruse (Bulgaria) for the General Assembly and to elect a new management board. The management board is the elected body steering the operational work of the organisation and has to be elected every three years, according to the associations’ statutes. Carl Manzano (Donau-Auen National Park, Austria) has been re-elected as DANUBEPARKS President, Stela Bozhinova (Persina Nature Park, Bulgaria) and Vlatko Rožac (Kopački Rit Nature Park, Croatia) as Vice-presidents. Radmila Šakić (Vojvodinasume, Serbia) and Thomas Schneider (City of Ingolstadt, Germany) represent

The 10 years anniversary has already been celebrated in July in Kopački rit (Croatia). “One of our guiding principles has been that nature conservation along the Danube needs cooperation without borders. The experience of the last ten years, proved us to be right“, explains Carl Manzano, Director of Donau-Auen National Park, and DANUBEPARKS President after his election.

The current project, funded by the Interreg Danube Transnational Project, fosters ecological connectivity by bridging the Danube Protected Areas towards a Danube Habitat Corridor. The initiative shows that DANUBEPARKS continues with intense experience exchange and cooperation and the development and implementation of cross-border and Danube wide nature conservation strategies and measures.




The 1st First Year Review – More than a formal obligation

On 14th November 2017, DANUBEparksCONNECTED was the first project of the Danube Transnational Programme that had the First Year Review. The meeting took place in Ruse/Bulgaria, was embedded into an expert workshop on ecological connectivity, and was hosted and organized professionally by the Bulgarian partner Rusenski lom Nature Park.

Together with Project Officer Gusztáv Csomor from the Joint Secretariat, the first results and experiences of the project implementation were concluded. All project partners were present and contributed their positions. Therefore, the monitoring visit turned out to be a milestone in internal communication, strengthening the project team and creating perspectives for follow-up initiatives.

For the DANUBEparksCONNECTED project team the formal obligation of having a First Year Review has been a very useful tool to discuss the stage of project implementation with our project officer, having the time to reflect strengths and weaknesses within the team, and to continue our implementation work now with new inspiration.

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WILDisland Expert Workshop

From 7th to 9th September the Duna-Ipoly National Park Directorate invited DANUBEparksCONNECTED to Visegrad and Dömös for a WILDisland expert meeting and the 20 years anniversary of the National Park.

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YOU can make the difference!

Join the 1st Danube Volunteers Day raising the awareness for the importance of our natural treasures, learning about valuable dry habitats, and sharing the feeling that each single hand creates an added value and that each single person can contribute significantly to preserve natural habitats - these are the aims of the 1st Danube Volunteers Day. Join the field actions in the Danube Protected Areas: also in your region you will find an event where you can be part of this Danube-wide initiative!

Contribute with your (wo)men-power, come with your family, with your friends and your company. Also teams of partner projects are more than welcome. When working for nature, you will get deep insight information by the experts of the Danube Protected Areas who have the first-hand know-how in the management of these natural treasures in dry habitats along the Danube.

Contact us if you are interested to join. More information about the activities of each Protected Area will follow soon.

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From 29th to 30th of June the DANUBEPARKS team gathers in Kopacki rit in Croatia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the DANUBEPARKS network of Protected Areas.

Ten years ago, in April 2007, protected area managers from eight Danube countries met in Tulcea and established the Danube River Network of Protected Areas. Today DANUBEPARKS consists of 16 partners from 9 Danube countries.



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!


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