Shared River, Shared Responsibilities
All along the river, countries and individuals are working together with expert organisations to help protect and preserve the unique resources of the Danube River.
International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) is an organisation consisting of 15 Contracting Parties (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and the European Community) who have committed themselves to implementing the Danube River Protection Convention.
The ICPDR serves as a forum for coordination and cooperation on fundamental water management issues and takes all appropriate legal, administrative and technical measures to maintain and improve the quality of the Danube River Basin and its tributaries.
The World Wide Fund for Nature
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organisation working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. It is the world's largest independent conservation organisation with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 90 countries, supporting around 1300 conservation and environmental projects around the world.
The Danube-Carpathian Program of WWF International (WWF-DCP) was established in 1998 to lead, coordinate and implement WWF’s activities to protect and preserve the Danube and Carpathian ecoregions. This area includes the territory of 19 countries, from the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea in Romania and Ukraine and Poland in the north to Bulgaria in the south.
Danube Environmental Forum (DEF)
The forum’s mission is to protect the Danube River and its tributaries, their biodiversity and resources, through enhancing cooperation among governments, non-governmental organisations, local people and all kinds of stakeholders towards sustainable use of natural ecosystems.
Danube Commission (DC)
The Danube Commission is an international intergovernmental organisation, set up by the Convention regarding the regime of navigation on the Danube signed in Belgrade on 18 August 1948.
Danube Tourist Commission (DIE DONAU)
The Danube Tourist Commission is a tourist marketing association where Danube countries are represented by their national tourism organisations. The overall goal of the Commission is to promote tourism and tourism related activities in the Danube region as a whole and raise better knowledge of the Danube region internationally.
Danube Competence Center (DCC)
The Danube Competence Center is a membership-based organization, with the goal to build and support a network of tourism stakeholders from the whole Danube Region. Activities include capacity-building, enforcement of transnational cooperation and promotion of high-quality standards in tourism services, and support to the establishment of a Danube tourism brand.
Black Sea Commission (BSC)
The Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (the Black Sea Commission or BSC) via its Permanent Secretariat is the intergovernmental body established in implementation of the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Bucharest Convention).
European Anglers Alliance (EAA)
The mission of the EAA is to safeguard the fish stocks and fisheries of Europe and to protect the interests of all those who fish with rod and line for recreational purposes.
European Water Association (EWA)
The European Water Association (EWA) is an independent non-governmental organisation dealing with the management and improvement of the water environment.
Naturefriends International (NFI)
The Nature Friends was founded in Vienna, Austria in 1895 to provide members and their families with places to go and enjoy nature and encourage the study of nature related subjects. The Club soon spread throughout Europe. The Naturefriends International are the international umbrella organization of the national associations, providing services for their members and supporting nature protection and sustainable tourism.
Global Water Partnership (GWP/CEE)
The GWP was founded in 1996 to foster integrated water resource management (IWRM). IWRM is the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximise economic and social welfare without compromising the sustainability of ecosystems and the environment.
International Association for Danube Research (IAD)
The IAD was founded in 1956 with the goal of promoting and coordinating activities in the fields of limnology, water management and water protection in the Danube River Basin.
International Hydrological Programme of the UNESCO (IHP/Danube)
IHP is UNESCO's international scientific cooperative programme in water research, water resources management, education and capacity-building, and the only broadly-based science programme of the UN system in this area.
International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC)
The International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC) has been established for purpose of the implementation of the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin.
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
The REC is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems. It actively participates in key global, regional and local processes and contributes to environmental and sustainability solutions.
The Carpathian Convention provides the framework for cooperation and multi-sectoral policy coordination, a platform for joint strategies for sustainable development and a forum for dialogue between all stakeholders involved.