• The Danube region: a habitat with a future

    The Danube region: a habitat with a future0

    Projects for sustainability in the Baden-Württemberg Foundation’s programme “Perspective Danube”: The Danube is the most important lifeline in South-Eastern Europe. Due to industrialisation, intensive agriculture and pollution, it is heavily contaminated and its biological diversity is endangered. With the programme “Perspective Danube: Education, Culture and Civil Society”, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports educational and exchange projects,

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  • The Balkans – Home to Europe’s last living rivers

    The Balkans – Home to Europe’s last living rivers0

    It is quiet. You can hear nothing but the murmur of the river and the chirping of the birds. Although it is cloudy, every now and then a ray of sunlight will hit the surface of the water and make the water’s true colour shine. It shimmers in rich emerald green, and every few hundred

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  • Focus on floodplains

    Focus on floodplains0

    The Danube Floodplain project aims to improve the transnational integrative water management and flood risk prevention while maximizing benefits for biodiversity conservation by restoring floodplains, combining classical and green infrastructure, natural retention measures, involving stakeholders. In the past decades, heavy alteration of wetland ecosystems characterized the land use. Since 1970, 90% of the global wetlands

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  • Why the sturgeon is a special fish for the Danube

    Why the sturgeon is a special fish for the Danube0

    Threatened by illegal fishing and caviar trade Sturgeons represent a natural heritage of the Danube River Basin and key indicator species for high ecological quality of rivers. Their dramatic decline in the last decades has become an issue of basin-wide importance that got the attention of the Danube countries and the European Commission. Through the

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  • The “Hydropower Plant” of interregional Danube projects

    The “Hydropower Plant” of interregional Danube projects0

    The Danube Offi ce Ulm/Neu-Ulm has long been an important partner and source of information for danube connects – after all, it has been acting as a project agency for interregional cooperation since 2002 and supports encounters and exchanges in the whole Danube region. Our readers have certainly already come across the biennial Danube Festival

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  • Wild Islands – Protecting Danube areas across borders

    Wild Islands – Protecting Danube areas across borders0

    DANUBEPARKS, the network of Danube protected areas, was established in 2007. Its aim is to unite all protected areas along the Danube, all facing the same challenges, in order to achieve common nature conservation objectives better and more efficiently through increased cooperation. “Cross-border and transnational cooperation is an indispensable part of this work. Nature does

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