Sectoral policies and a dynamic economic development of the
Danube river basin thus represent a major challenge for the remaining
green spaces in the area. Ecological connectivity and joint transnational
strategies addressing this topic are not yet fully on the agenda in political
Within the frame of the implementation of the European Strategy for the
Danube Region (EUSDR) the discussion gains momentum.
Organizations or initiatives such as DANUBEPARKS, the Carpathian
Network of Protected areas or the Green Belt Initiative are constantly
working on the practical implementation of connectivity projects.
Bavaria and Croatia coordinate Priority Area 06 (Biodiversity) of the
EUSDR and works, similarly as the EUSALP Action Group 7, towards a
strategic strengthening of ecological networks at macroregional level. At
medium term, the establishment of a TEN-G (Transnational Network for
Green Infrastructures) is envisaged to provide a strategic instrument at
However, it remains unclear which activities, programmes and projects
are currently going on and how the European Green Infrastructure
Strategy could be implemented in practice. Activities are numerous and
spread all across the Danube River Basin and are often driven by local
or national actors as well as by NGOs.
For more information, you can find the study: Ecological Connectivity in the Danube Region in the section FILES.