The International Association for Danube Research organises the Danube Day Conference dedicated to “Bringing Nature back to our life” on the 24th of June 2021.
The Conference is hosted by the municipality of St. Georgen an der Gusen and supported by Priority Area 6 “Biodiversity” and Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity” of the EU Danube Strategy.
Jürgen Czernohorsky, Executive City Councillor for Climate, Environment, Democracy and Personnel expresses the support of the City of Vienna for the endeavour to maintain and restore biodiversity and ecosystem in the Danube Region.
A group of experts and practitioners is launching the Danube Landscape Task Force in Priority Area 6 “Biodiversity”. In doing so, the taskforce aims at establishing decentral and coordinated steps towards better quality of life and diversity of ecosystems in municipalities in the Danube Black Sea Region.
On the 24th of June the taskforce organises its first event introducing the key areas of intervention and topics for cooperation.
In the thematic session, experts from across the Danube Region will discuss aspects of well-being, landscape transformation, habitats, the impact on climate change, and transnational cooperation between municipalities.
Danube Day Conference 2021 | “Bringing Nature back to our life”
Time: 24 June 2021 | 10.00-13.00 CET
Venue: Haus der Erinnerung St. Georgen and der Gusen, Austria | online
Language: English & German
The negative social and economic effects of climate change are already present. Especially regions in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe experience natural hazards and overall territorial vulnerability. Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary are amongst the countries that are particularly affected, but municipalities and entire regions across the Danube Region are exposed to the challenges of climate change.
In June 2021, ESPON published a long-term vision for rural areas. According to the paper, ESPON promotes the Green Infrastructure approach and more integrated planning that fosters conservation, protection and restoration of ecosystems. This also underlines the role of municipalities and local actors in mitigating climate change impacts.
Against this background, Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity” explores interfaces for cooperation and looks at needs for institutional capacity and cooperation to support municipalities in the Danube Region in Green Infrastructure planning.
Thereby, Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” seeks to promote the Action on facilitating the administrative cooperation of communities living in border regions (Action 2), where local authorities have to coordinate and cooperate across borders. Furthermore, Priority Area 10 aims at contributing to enhancing capacities of cities and municipalities to facilitate local and regional development (Action 8).
- Website EUSDR Priority Area 6 “Biodiversity”
- Priority Area 10 | Targets and Actions
- Website IAD – International Association for Danube Research