LIFELINEMDD  Protecting and restoring ecological connectivity in the Mura-Drava-Danube river corridor through cross-sectoral cooperation


Mura, Drava and Danube (MDD) form the lifeline of one of the most valuable river corridors in the Danube Basin. However, connectivity within the corridor is reduced due to human-made changes to rivers and their natural processes. While DTP-project coopMDD established a living cooperation between Protected Area managers and a Transboundary Management Programme for the planned 5-country Biosphere Reserve MDD, the knowledge base and transboundary cross-sectoral cooperation stays insufficient. This leads to unused opportunities for synergies between multiple aims in river management.

lifelineMDD addresses these issues with a cross-sectoral partnership, aiming to improve connectivity and biodiversity within the MDD river corridor by restoration of natural river dynamics. The development of a strategic integrated approach to river restoration in the transboundary bio-corridor will be based on scientific studies of bio-indicators fish and river birds and abiotic framework conditions sediment transport and climate change. A cross-sectoral learning process between nature protection and water management authorities based on pilot restoration actions will raise institutional competences and cooperation between key stakeholders. Involvement of NGOs, local and national policy levels will ensure sustainability of results by awareness raising in the local population and development of lasting stakeholder platforms.



Basic information


Start date: 01-07-2020

End date: 31-12-2022

Budget in Euro: Overall: 2.987.789,19

ERDF Contribution: 2.277.239,14

IPA Contribution: 262.381,65

Priority: Environment and culture responsible Danube region

Specific objective: Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

More information is available via the following website: DTP-LIFELINEMDD