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Danube Sediment Management - Restoration of the Sediment Balance in the Danube River PDF Print E-mail

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DanubeSediment Poster DINA1 Printable version without marks 2017-05-23Project acronym: DanubeSediment

Reference No.: DTP1-1-195-2.1

Project duration: January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

Lead partner: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Involved countries: Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia

Goal of the project is to improve the sediment management in the Danube River and its tributaries. In the Danube Basin an increasing discrepancy between surplus and lack of sediment can be observed. This leads to an increase of flood risks and a reduction of navigation possibilities, hydropower production and biodiversity. Thus, sediment transport and sediment management are urgent issues, which can only be treated in a transnational basin wide approach as sediments don't regard administrative or political borders. The lack of sediment management has been recognized by the ICPDR in the Danube River Basin Management Plan in 2009 and 2015. The project is co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF and IPA).

The Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources is one of 14 project partners and takes part in all project activities, including data colection and analysis, harmonisation of data with neighbouring countries, the Danube sediment balance computation, analyses of the impact of tributaries, hydrological regime and hydraulic structures on sediment transport and morphological changes of river bed, analysis of pressures, development of the proposal of measures for sediment management, preparation of handbooks, manuals, guidelines and other reports. Some of the main project outputs are:

  • Handbook on good practices in sediment monitoring,
  • Danube Sediment Balance baseline document, which explains the problems which arise with sediment discontinuity negatively influencing flood risk, inland navigation, ecology and hydropower production.,
  • Danube Sediment Management Guidance, comprising measures to be implemented,
  • Sediment Manual for Stakeholders, consisting of approaches how to implement the measures.

Those documents deliver key contributions to the ICPDR's Danube River Basin Management Plan and the Danube Flood Risk Management Plan. Project will contribute to better and sustainable sediment management in the Danube Basin, improved navigation conditions, reduced flood risks, enhanced ecological status and durable hydropower production. Furthermore, International Stakeholder Workshop, training 100 experts, will be organized to reach the target groups and users of the project results as well as to establish an efficient interaction with them.

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