NATURE’S HAVENS ON THE DANUBE: PROTECTED AREAS FROM SOURCE TO DELTA
Flying Egrets | Danube-Dráva National Park, Hungary
2800 kms long, the Danube flows across Europe from the Black Forest to the Black Sea. The west-east direction of its flow has made this most international river a significant trade route for many a century.
The floodplains of the Danube remained untouched up until the end of the 19th century. However, since then its ecosystem has profoundly been changed due to several human interventions. The river bands have been straightened, the river flow has been confined by dykes, and scores of power stations have been built to exploit the river for energy. In order to conserve the surviving natural habitats, there have been an increasing number of national parks and protected areas established since the 1970s all along the Danube and its tributaries.
The natural heritage of the Danube region is of European significance. Not only does the river offer haven to a number of endangered species, but also a large part of the wild nature that survives in Europe is situated in this region. Each year sees millions of birds migrating along the Danube from the Arctic to Africa.
We invite you to travel to the protected areas from Germany through to the Middle-East European plains, to the Iron Gates gorge and finally to the Danube Delta.