DANUBEPARKS Project Results (G.Frank)

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DANUBEPARKS Project Results (G.Frank)

DANUBEPARKSDanube River Netwerk of Protected AreasTowards a Strong Voicefor the Conservation of the Danube Natural HeritageNatural History Museum, ViennaFebruary 27 th , 2012Georg FrankDANUBEPARKS Project Manager


In behalf of tolle, valubale areas


DANUBEPARKS –from bilateral co-operations to Danube-wide perspectives1990ies: bilateral co-operations 2000ies: Cross-border projects 2007: Declaration of Tulcea


ETC-SEE DANUBEPARKS -Jointly for our common future1st call for projects:822 Applications (June 2008)40 projects approved (March 2009)Budget: 2,7 Mio €Periode: April 2009 – Februar 2012


Declaration of Vienna(Juni 2009)“...a Platform for continuous transnational cooperationto develop and implement• joint conservation strategies,• coherent management practice and a• common corporate identity of DanubeRiver Protected Areas. „“DANUBEPARKS has been created tofoster conservation agendas on transnationallevel and to raise the capacity of single ProtectedAreas by the development and implementation oftransnational strategies and activities.”


Work PackagesWP1: Project ManagementWP2: Communication & DisseminationWP3: River Morphology & RestorationWP4: Habitat Management & Habitat NetworksWP5: Conservation of Danube Flagship SpeciesWP6: Monitoring & Natura 2000WP7: Nature Tourism


Work PackagesWP1: Project ManagementWP2: Communication & DisseminationWP3: River Morphology & RestorationWP4: Habitat Management & Habitat NetworksWP5: Conservation of Danube Flagship SpeciesWP6: Monitoring & Natura 2000WP7: Nature Tourism


WP6 Monitoring & Natura 2000• Experience Exchange in NATURA 2000 Management• Fish Monitoring & Fish Online Database• Beaver Management & Conservation of European Mink• Danube-wide Monitoring of Indicator Speciesfor River Dynamics (Little-ringed Plover & Sand Martin)


WP6 Monitoring & Natura 2000• Experience Exchange in NATURA 2000 Management• Fish Monitoring & Fish Online Database• Beaver Management & Conservation of European Mink• Danube-wide Monitoring of Indicator Speciesfor River Dynamics (Little-ringed Plover & Sand Martin)


Indicators for River Dynamics! River morphology & sediment balance as key for longterm conservation !• Characteristic for highly threatenedHabitats• Danube-wide Distribution• “Common enough”• React fast on Changes in theirHabitats• Easy to Monitor• Attractive to Present


Joint Approach for Danube-wide Results• Staff Exchange for Bilateral Co-ordination• Preparatory Workshop (Duna-Ipoly National Park)2nd/3rd June, 2010• Task Force Meeting Birds (Persina Nature Park)22nd-23rd March, 2011• Danube-wide Monitoring (May, June 2011)9 Protected Areas from 7 Countries2 surveys on 3,100 rkm


Conclusions & Perspectives• Conservation of Processes & Sites !• River Restoration !• Awareness for River Dynamics• Pilot Restoration• ICPDR Joint Danube Survey 2013• DANUBEPARKS STEP 2.0 (submitted)


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WP3 River Morphology & Restoration• Side arm restoration (Planning & Implemenation)(Dunasky luhé Protected Landscape Area, Duna-Ipoly NP, Duna-Drava NP)• Ecological Adaption of Groynes (Duna-Drava National Park)• Feasibility Study: hydrological restoration ofSrebarna Reserve (BG)• Planning of Cross-border Wetland restoration(Danube Delta ROM & Ukraine)• „Danube River´s Morphology and Restoration“


WP4 Habitat Management & Habitat Networks• „Perspectives for Danube Floodplain Forests“DANUBEPARKS follow-up: Black Poplar as flagship species• Cross-border Conservation Concepts(A & SVK, Duna-Drava NP & CRO, Duna-Drava NP & Gornje Podunavlje/SER,Danube Delta ROM & Ukraine)• Management Plans for Strictly Protected Areas(Duna-Ipoly NP, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve)• Land Purchase (>30 ha) & designation of New Protected Areas• Reforestation & Forest Management• Grassland Restoration


WP5 Conservation of „Danube Flagship species“• Development & Submission of a Danube-wideLIFE+ Project for the Conservation of the DanubeSturgeon• International Sturgeon Conference (Danube Delta)• Awarenss Raising


WP5 Conservation of „Danube Flagship species“


Know-How Transfer: Questionnaires, Task Force Meetings,Study Visits, online database …


Threats in the Danube CountriesDE AT SK HU HR RS BG ROForestry L ** C M H M H CLand exploitation L M H L L L H LRiver regulation / drainage N L M L H L M HDisturbance L ** H M M M H CReduction of prey base N N U L L C L MShooting and trapping N U C L L L M HNest robbing N N L L L U L LPoisoning L H C H U L U HLead poisoning * * U M H U U MPesticides and pollutants N U U M U M U LCollision and electrocution L M H M L L U U


White-tailed Eagle Online Databasewww.danubeparks.org


Action Plan for the Conservation of theWhite-tailed Eagle along the DanubeKnow-How Transfer: Questionnaires, Task Force Meetings,Study Visits, online database …


Action Plan for the Conservation of theWhite-tailed Eagle along the DanubeAction Plan is to secure a viable population…… habitats are to be secured… major man-made threats are to be eliminated… through international cooperation and nationalactionDevelop the Danube as backbone …Umbrella species White-tailed Sea Eagle as bestpractice example for transnationalconservation…Based on the recovery … transnationalcooperation of stakeholders should be built up!


Pilot Actions: Monitoring &Protection of Nesting Sites, LandPurchase, Artificial Nests,Reduction of Human DisturbanceAction Plan for the Conservation of theWhite-tailed Eagle along the DanubeKnow-How Transfer: Questionnaires, Task Force Meetings,Study Visits, online database …


White-tailed Eagle Conservationas integrative Pillar for DanubewideCo-operationTransnational Co-operation asDriver for Eagle Conservation


WP7 Nature Tourism• „Tourism Strategy“• Danube-wide Ranger-Training• Development „Soft Boat Tourism“• Realization of Nature Trails• Conference with Danube-wide stakeholders• Online Tourism Platform


WP2 Communication – join DANUBEPARKS !• Project Reports & Info-Material• www.danubeparks.orgWhite-tailed Eagle online databaseTourism platform• International Danube Festivals & Exhibitions2012: schlossOrth Nationalpark-Zentrum (focus on Neuburg-Ingolstadt)2013: Gornje podunavlje (STEP 2.0, submitted)2014: Danube Delta/ROM (STEP 2.0, submitted):


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