Development of the ICPDR Adaptation Strategy for the Danube River Basin
The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) is developing a
Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Danube River Basin. This strategy should be based
on a step-by-step approach and encompass an overview of relevant research and data collection, a
vulnerability assessment, ensure that measures and projects are climate proof respectively “no regret
measures” and ensure that climate adaptation issues are fully integrated in the second Danube River
Basin Management Plan and first Danube Flood Risk Management Plan in 2015.
From its source to the Black Sea, the Danube is approximately 2,800 km long, making it the second-
longest European river after the Volga. Its catchment area, the Danube River Basin, extends into the
territories of 19 countries and comprises more than 800,000 square kilometres or about 10 per cent of
continental Europe, encompassing a wide variety of cultures, landscapes and ecosystems.
In 1994, the Danube countries having major shares within the Danube River Basin, signed the Danube
River Protection Convention, defining the three main areas for action which include the protection of
water and associated ecological resources, the sustainable use of water in the Danube Basin as well as
the management of floods and ice hazards.
Today, the Danube River Protection Convention has 15 contracting parties: 14 countries and the
European Union. Together, they form the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube
River (ICPDR). Its permanent secretariat is based in Vienna and started its work in 1998.
In order to take the required steps on adaptation to climate change, the ICPDR was asked in the
Danube Declaration from 2010 to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Danube
River Basin by the end of 2012.
For more information, please visit: http://www.icpdr.org/main/activities-projects/climate-adaptation
News And Events
Consultations and seventh meeting of Dniestr project, Chisinau, 9-10 July 2013
Fourth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins (Geneva, 25–26 June 2013)
Final workshop on Flood Risk Management planning and Climate Change assessment in the Sava River Basin, Zagreb, 5-6 June 2013.
Workshop on Flood Communication in the Dniester River Basin May 27-28, 2013 Lviv, Ukraine
Workshop on climate change adaptation in the Neman river basin. Vilnius, Lithuania, 16 May 2013
Workshop and expert meetingRiver basin management and climate change adaptation in the Neman river basin. Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 19 March 2013
First meeting of the global network of basins working on adaptation to climate change and third meeting of the core group of pilot projects (Geneva, 20 - 21 February 2013)