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PRESS RELEASE - DANUBEPARKS Annual General Assembly in Vienna

DANUBEPARKS Annual General Assembly in Vienna: President Carl Manzano handed over his function to Vlatko Rožac from the nature park Kopački rit (Croatia). The particularly scenic "Danube canyons" with the Wachau as Austria`s representative are moving closer together.

Representatives of 17 protected areas from 9 Danube countries met on 11 December in Vienna for the annual general assembly of the Danube River Network of Protected Areas. The successful era of President Carl Manzano is coming to an end – 10 million EUR were invested in Danube-wide nature conservation by DANUBEPARKS under his presidency. The course has been set for future cooperation.

The Danube is of outstanding importance for the biodiversity of Europe and home to rare animal and plant species and provides a habitat for 110 million inhabitants in the Danube region. The protected ares along the Danube are the most important areas for preserving these landscapes in their diversity for future generations.

DANUBEPARKS invested 10 million euros in nature conservation on the Danube

The national parks, biosphere reserves and nature parks have been working together in the DANUBEPARKS network since 2007. For more than 10 years, the Donau-Auen National Park, headed by President Carl Manzano, has been managing its destiny. DANUBEPARKS has developed from a small community of interest to a Europe-wide umbrella brand for nature conservation. DANUBEPARKS has carried out several transnational EU projects and invested 10 million euros in Danube-wide measures for the protection of river ecosystems, cross-border species protection and nature tourism. At the Annual General Assembly on 11th December in Vienna, Carl Manzano, outgoing Director of the Donau-Auen National Park, also bid farewell as President of DANUBEPARKS. His successor is Vlatko Rožac from the Croatian nature park Kopački rit.

Cooperation agreement of the "Danube Canyons"

Furthermore, the cooperation agreement of the Danube Canyons was signed. "Wherever the Danube forms narrow gorges or picturesque valleys, we find particularly spectacular protected areas," explained DANUBEPARKS Secretary General Georg Frank. Experts from Germany (Donauengtal near Passau) and Austria (Wachau, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage), from the "Danube Bend" in Hungary, from Serbia (Djerdap National Park) and Romania (Iron Gate Nature Park) have worked out joint strategies for two years in advance.

"The Vienna Leopoldsberg with its magnificent view over the Danube is a worthy location for the signing of this cooperation agreement", stressed the new DANUBEPARKS President Vlatko Rožac during the event.

DANUBEparksCONNECTED – EU funding for nature protection along the Danube The Danube

Canyons as outstandingly attractive protected areas are among the scenic highlights in the Danube region. With the project DANUBEparksCONNECTED, financed in the EU-Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, the network DANUBEPARKS strengthens its commitment to this natural jewels.

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published: 17 december 2018