© LIFE WILDisland project
Over 900 river islands along the Danube River covering an area of more than 138.000 hectares were identified by the WILDisland project (LIFE Programme), which had its Kick-off at the Vienna City Hall on 10 May 2022.
The project ‘LIFE WILDisland – Danube Wild Island Habitat Corridor’ by the DANUBEPARKS Network of Protected Areas aims to establish a best-practice example for an EU ecological corridor and a conservation strategy, supported by the EU Commission and strategic partners such as the ICPDR (International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River), the Danube Region Strategy (EUSDR) and the Ramsar Convention with new protected areas on 1,267 hectares. The project continues on the EUSDR PA6 flagship DANUBEparksCONNECTED (by Danube Region Programme).
Under the patronage of the Danube Strategy Point, the Ambassadors and representatives of all Danube countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany) signed a declaration of intent on the importance of Danube-wide cooperation, the role model role of DANUBEPARKS and the WILDislands initiative as well as an improved protection of islands within the framework of a globally unique, multilateral Danube WILDisland Ramsar Regional Initiative.
We wish the initiative success in protecting the last wild areas along the Danube River!
Presentation of the Communiqué by the Danube Countries and their Excellency Ambassadors on Danube-wide cooperation in the field of Nature Conservation and Ecological Connectivity at the LIFE WILDisland project kick-off event; Introduction: Robert Lichtner, Danube Strategy Point Coordinator