In line with the United Nations Agenda 2030, the European Green Deal and the Austrian government programme, the present Danube Action Programme sets the direction of development until 2030. The Danube Action Programme 2030 is a clear commitment to climate and environmental protection, to a resilient Danube waterway and to environmentally friendly and competitive inland navigation. The ambitious objectives in the field of ecology and Danube navigation reflect the multifunctional character and requirements of the Danube. In a total of ten work packages, integrative measures and initiatives were bundled to enable a balanced development of the Danube river basin in Austria - be it as a habitat for flora and fauna or as a waterway. Taking into account the challenges of climate change and the shifting priorities of European transport development, the Danube Action Programme 2030 is a milestone in the direct line of development of the objectives agreed upon by the former Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and viadonau and specifically adapts them to the current and future requirements for waterways and navigation.