Jan 28–29, 2014
REC Conference Center
The first Danube region workshop brought together practitioners and stakeholders from the Danube River basin (Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria) and other regional networks (Baltic, Western, Mediterranean), as well as representatives of the EUSDR, UN FAO, and international organisations such as the ICPDR, ISRBC, WWF, GWP and IAD.
The workshop provided an opportunity for sharing knowledge, coordinating activities and promoting cooperation. Case studies were presented on the reconnection of oxbow lakes and wetlands; wetland restoration and pollution control; the construction of wetlands; and floodplain restoration. During the thematic group sessions, participants shared the main challenges the region is facing as well as their needs and expectations in terms of practical guidance. Participants also identified the needs of the authorities and key stakeholders regarding the preparation of the second WFD management cycle and the development of the second Danube River Basin Management Plan. During the closing session, fruitful discussions took place on possible synergies and coordinated actions between the project and the ICPDR.
Participants enjoyed a study visit to the nearby Szentendre-Pomaz plain, where the focus was on the possibilities for water retention, nature conservation and sustainable landscape management in the Budapest agglomeration.