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The Danube Delta

The Danube Delta has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. The delta, situated in the borderland of Romania and Ukraine, is one of Europe‘s last nature paradises and one of the most remarkable resting and breeding places on earth.

The Danube Delta is the second largest delta in Europe, after the Volga Delta, and the best preserved on the continent. The greater part of the Delta lies in Romania, while its northern part, on the left bank of the Chilia arm, is situated in Ukraine. The approximate surface is 6500 sq km. Its wetlands support vast flocks of migratory birds, including 70 percent of the world's white pelicans and 50 percent of pygmy cormorants.

The delta is slowly being submerged by the river, resulting in annual flooding which results in sedimentation. Therefore the characteristics of the area are continuously changing. Rival canalisation and drainage schemes threaten the delta and its species.