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DANUBEPARKS 2019 Conference in Kopački rit

Last week an international conference „DANUBEparksCONNECTED & DANUBEPARKS Association“ was organized in Kopački rit (Croatia) on 6th-8th November 2019.

The main part of a conference for the DANUBEparksCONNECTED project was held on, 7th November when the Project Management Meeting took place to discuss the development of LIFE WILDisland as a follow-up for WP3 WILDisland and WP6 Danube Riparian Forest Corridor.

On the same day, a field trip was organized to the northern part of Nature park „Kopački rit“ where participants took a walk through the forest to the coast of river Danube and one of „wild islands“ which is included in the project plan for LIFE WILDisland.

The WILDisland initiative aims to preserve natural Danube islands as flagship habitats for river dynamics. The Danube Wild Island Habitat Corridor contributes to strengthen the ecological connectivity and to preserve natural wilderness that exists in the heart of Europe.

The WILDisland map presents the results of the first inventory of Danube islands: over 900 islands were identified along the Danube River which covers an area of more than 138,000 hectares.

On the 8th of November General Assembly of DANUBEPARKS was held. Agenda:

1. Opening and Agenda (DANUBEPARKS President, V. Rožac)

2. Activity Report 2018 (Secretary General, G. Frank)

3. Financial Report 2018 (Treasurer, T. Schneider)

4. Approval of the acts of the Management Board

5. Presentation Activity Plan 2020

6. Budget Plan 2020

7. Other issues (by all Members of the Association)

After General Assembly was held, an external expert from E.C.O. Institute DI Michael Huber moderated workshop „Guiding Principles toward Future Perspective for DANUBEPARKS“. Planning and consulting for protected areas, conservation areas and international development cooperation projects is the expertise of this institute and hopefully, it will support further development of DANUBEPARKS.