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


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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Header: ©Breuer
Volunteers: ©Welterbegemeinden Wachau




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!



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!


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