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Climate proofing the Danube Delta through integrated land and water management


  • WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, Romania - lead partner;
  • Centre for Regional Studies;
  • Danube Biosphere Reserve of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine;
  • NGO "Ecospectru", Republic of Moldova 

Duration: 3 years (started in January 2011)

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to biodiversity conservation, increased resilience of Danube Delta ecosystems, and improved local livelihoods for communities by mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation in local and regional (trans-boundary) policies and plans. Within this context, the focus of the project will be to establish a trans-boundary Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan for the Danube Delta sub-basin that will deliver benefits to both ecosystems and local livelihoods as demonstrated by pilot activities at local level. The trans-boundary Climate Change Adaptation Strategy will not only set a vision for sustainable adaptation but will also test its feasibility through concrete activities on the ground (e.g. use of wetlands resources for green energy generation, increased awareness of local authorities and communities on nature friendly alternatives for green energy production, mobilising local entrepreneurs to take action on developing such alternatives) which underpin the vision.

Geographically, the project’s focus is the Danube Delta sub-basin including the Danube Delta and the adjacent area. The Delta is an environmental buffer between the Danube River and the Black Sea, filtering out pollutants and providing natural habitats. Moreover, it is Europe’s largest remaining natural wetland – a unique ecosystem. Although the Moldovan section of the Lower Danube lies outside of the boundaries of the Danube Delta as a geographical unit, a significant part of the local catchment and the Lower Prut wetlands makes the adjacent area of the Republic of Moldova important to the joint management of the Delta and its resources.

Key activities:

  • Elaboration of the Trans-boundary Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan for the Danube Delta sub-basin (DDS);
  • Vulnerability assessment of the DDS to the climate change;
  • The series of field studies in the sub-basin area;
  • Evaluation of the restoration potential within the Danube Delta sub-basin
  • Strategic assessment of Danube Delta potential for renewable energy sources;
  • Strengthening the skills and competencies of local authorities and local and regional NGOs on specific adaptation and mitigation measures;
  • Developing GIS;
  • Raising public awareness.

Main project deliverables:

  • Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan for the Danube Delta sub-basin agreed at the ministerial level;
  • Vulnerability Assessment Study;
  • Training programme on Climate Change adaptation and more then 200 stakeholders trained;
  • Danube Delta Wetland Restoration Action Plan;
  • Feasibility study on restoration of the pilot wetland area;
  • One pilot location for producing local biomass and generating green energy
  • GIS based thematic maps.

More information about the project you can find on WWF web-site

The project is implemented by the WWF Romania with the financial support from the European Commission through the thematic programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP).

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