This case study identifies the impacts of significant water management issues of the Danube River Basin on its aquatic biodiversity. As a starting point, this study assesses the possibilities of better integration of the Danube River Basin Management Plan with other overarching EU water policies. Major drivers and pressures of the study area are identified, in addition to a set of indicator species, floodplain characteristics and biodiversity indices at different scales. Forecasting models are used to assess the future development of the Danube aquatic system under changed environmental conditions, as well as to identify management options to address significant water management issues while taking into account better integration with other EU water policies.

Cooperating Partner: The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) is an International Organisation consisting of 14 cooperating states and the European Union. Since its establishment in 1998, the ICPDR has grown into one of the largest and most active international bodies of river basin management expertise in Europe. The ICPDR deals not only with the Danube itself, but also with the whole Danube River Basin, which includes its tributaries and ground water resources. It works to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of waters and freshwater resources in the Danube River Basin. The work of the ICPDR is based on the Danube River Protection Convention, the major legal instrument for cooperation and trans-boundary water management in the Danube River Basin.

Edith Hödl is the case study representative and acts as Technical Expert for River Basin Management in the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) located in Vienna. She is responsible for the technical support of ICPDR Contracting Parties on issues related to river basin management as well as the coordination of the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive including the review and updates of the River Basin Management Plan. Ms Hödl is advising technical experts and expert groups on relevant EU Directives and Regulations in the field of river basin management.


Danube River Basin