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Transboundary Ukrainian-Romanian-Moldavian Survey in the Danube Delta (Joint Danube Delta Survey)

The Joint Danube Delta Survey (JDDS) was held during the period from September 26th till October 7th 2011 within the project “Joint environmental monitoring, assessment and exchange of information for integrated management of the Danube delta region” with the assistance of scientists from Ukraine, Romania and Moldova. The Project is implemented by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) through the “Environment and Security” initiative (ENVSEC) in cooperation with UNEP, UNECE and regional partners, including representatives of the three Danube Delta countries (Romania, Ukraine and Moldova). The Centre for Regional Studies (CRS), Odessa, is responsible for the regional project management in the Danube Delta Sub-basin.

The JDDS is the first practical step towards a harmonisation of the monitoring systems of Ukraine, Romania and Moldova, by collecting and exchange of homogeneous data about the state of the Danube Delta water resourses using unified approach and methods. The JDDS was based on the approach of the Second Joint Danube Survey (JDS2) which was organized in 2007 under the auspices of the ICPDR.

Following jointly agreed Monitoring Program the JDDS was focused on assessment of the chemical, biological and hydromorphological parameters of the state of the Danube Delta inland waters including the main branches, canals, channels and inner lakes of the Delta covering the area from the mouth of the Prut River to the Black Sea. Proposed JDDS sampling network fixed 16 sampling points including 6 existing stations of the Transnational Monitoring Network (TNMN) of the ICPDR.

The JDDS was conducted in two phases on board of the research vessel “Tsyklon” provided by the Danube Hydrometeorological Observatory (Ukraine) and vessel “ROUA” of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (Romania).

The first stage of the JDDS was held from 26 till 29 September 2011 in the border zone of Ukraine and Romania with sampling in the mouth of the Prut River, towns of Reni, Izmail, Kilia, Vilkovo and the mouth of the Bysrtoe arm.

During the first stage the JDDS Press Conference was held at the passenger terminal of the Port of Izmail and on the vessel “Tsyklon” on 28th of September.

The second stage of the JDDS was held from 30 September to 5 October 2011 in Romania. Sampling was carried out at the following points: Tulcea, Sulina, Sf.George, Uzlina, Erenciuc Lake, Isak Lake, Cuibul cu lebede Lake.

The final JDDS event was the Press Conference held on 5 October 2011 at the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority headquarters in Tulcea, Romania.

The survey involved 23 experts from three countries and crew of the research vessels and service staff (in total 41 participants).

For the period of the JDDS more than 150 samples were collected. Analysis of the samples was done in the laboratories of the relevant organizations in Ukraine, Romania and Moldova.

Preliminary results, as well as the preparation of the JDDS Report were discussed during the Working meeting of the Project on December 6-7, 2011 in the city of Izmail.

Now the JDDS Report is under preparation involving international experts and with consulting support from the ICPDR.

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