The Protected Areas along the Danube preserve and restore the most valuable habitats of this international river, thus safeguarding an important part of Europe's natural heritage for future generations. Cross-border and transnational cooperation is an indispensable part of this work; nature doesn't recognise state borders, so nature protection needs cooperation borders as well if results are to be achieved.
Therefore, DANUBEPARKS - the Danube River Network of Protected Areas - ws founded in April 2007 through the signing of the Declaration of Tulcea. Eight protected areas were among the founders of this network, and many more joined their work during the early years. The goals is to integrate all Protected Area administrations along the Danube as well as the bigger tributaries (e.g. Prut, Sava, Tisza, Morava, etc.), which share the same problems and are therefore able to solve there issues more efficiently, by close cooperation.
Aims of the Network
Based on the principles of the Ramsar Convention and the Convention and Co-operation for the Protection and Sustainable Use of the Danube River (Sofia, 1994), the Declaration of Tulcea solidifies the aims of the Network:
- enhance nature conservation of Danube River Protected Areas
- manage Danube Protected Areas wisely
- exchange and promote expertise in management
- improve knowledge of the ecological status of the river, as well as the the economic, social and environmental impacts and the management of the Danube Protected Areas
- take actions for the prevention, control and reduction of pollution in the floodplains and wetlands in the Danube Basin
- promote awareness of the international importance of the Danube River
- promote sustainable development
- influence the implementation and future development of public policies
The Declaration of Vienna, signed by twelve partners on the occasion of the Kick-Off Event of the first joint transnational project, further details these aims as well as the means of cooperation.