Restoration of the Danube River Basin Waters for Ecosystems and People from Mountains to Coast

The vision of DANUBE4all is to jointly work on sustainable and interdisciplinary restoration pathways for the Danube River Basin (DRB). This will build on an underlying science-to-people approach (i.e., societal co-creation), which actively integrates inhabitants’ interests and empowers Danube stakeholders, from local communities, SMEs, investors, policy makers to business sector.

At three demonstration sites on the Upper and Middle Danube as well as in the Delta nature-based solutions will be implemented and GIS and citizen science tools will be provided for upscaling the findings to the whole Danube River Basin.

The overall aim of DANUBE4all is the combined societal co-creation and science-based development of a Danube Basin Restoration Action Plan that

  • improves ecological status and biodiversity as well as ecosystem connectivity,
  • reduces flood and drought risk,
  • and enhances sediment continuity.

The project contributes to the achievement of the EU mission " Restore our ocean and waters by 2030".

Demonstration Site Austria – Revitalisation Paradeisinsel

viadonau, together with the association Danubeparks (Network of Protected Areas), is planning to implement one of the three demonstration sites on the Austrian Danube and thus provides essential inputs for the (further-)development of nature-based solutions (NBS) in the field of river basin management.

In the area of the ‘Orther Sidearm system’ in Lower Austria, the creation of natural bank structures and strengthening of an island (socalled Paradeisinsel) is envisaged. For this purpose, bank reconstruction and groyne root lowering are planned. The channel behind the island will be strengthened by the measures. The revitalization measures also take into account the improvement of the inflow opening into the side arm system of the "Große Binn".

This measure is element of the Catalogue of Measures for the Danube east of Vienna .

Project Consortium

The international project DANUBE4all is implemented by 26 partners and 22 strategic partners from the entire Danube region. A total of 13 different nations are involved.

Lead partner is the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences - Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and River Research (IWA).

Duration and budget

Project duration: 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2027
Total project budget: EUR 8,42 Mio.

The project was submitted as part of the HORIZON-MISS-2021-OCEAN-02-02 call and received funding approval in spring 2022.

DANUBE4all is co-financed by the EU funding programme for research and innovation HORIZON EUROPE.