We aim for complex nature conservation

The project is related to the large area of the river Danube branch  system in Slovakia in  localities Dobrohošť – Sap, Klúčovské and Číčovské branches,  Čiližsky creek and to wetlands,  in the river alluvium Váh, Ipeľ and the Danube. In Hungary, the project is related to  the National Park Danube – Ipeľ area

The common aims of all the measures that will be implemented in the project are: to ensure sufficient amount of water for these increasingly drying areas and ensure a suitable water regime for the native  plant and animal species.

Such a large project has not been implemented in Slovakia yet, and it will serve as a model for other similar projects in the future.

Hidden camera by the nest of the White-tailed eagle

Hidden nest camera has recorded a couple of White-tailed eagles

Petition: Save the Danube inland delta

Dear Minister of the Environment, We, the signatories of this petition, turn to you in demand of a modification of the Temporary management terms for Gabčíkovo – Nagymaros Barrage System in the territory of Slovak Republic in order to provide the necessary care and protection for the last remains of the Danube inland delta in Slovak territory.

How restoring floodplain forests helps the climate

Floodplain forests are often overlooked in the search for solutions of climate change. However, floodplain forest restoration can play a very important role in reducing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. Trees have the ability to capture large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it as carbon in their tissues. An adult tree can sequester up to 22kg of CO2 in one year. As a result, forests are extremely important in slowing down the ongoing climate change caused by high concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere as a result of burning of fossil fuels and habitat destruction.

Support the Danube floodplains conservation – you´ll get a T-shirt

Make yourself, your friends or family happy and get a nice Christmas present! Wear a T-shirt with mandala of Danube nature made by an art graphic designer Riki Watzka – you will support the conservation of Danube floodplains. Support the conservation of Danube floodplains with 20 Eur or more and we will be glad to send you our original T-shirt made of organic cotton.

May feast or EU Green Week 2019

During the European Green Week many partner events with environmental topic occur from 13th of April till 9th of June in the whole Europe. Inspired by this week we participated on the May feast in cooperation with the company Veolia and the municipality Bratislava – Karlova Ves.

Come and see the exhibition „Windows to nature“

In the rooms of reconstructed grainery at the Ecofarm Ostrov near the Veľkolélsky ostrov Island, you may get to know more about the disappearing beauties of Danube floodplains. You may see them as well as touch or even smell the natural beauties.

Invitation – Opening of the exhibition „Windows to Nature“

In the 10th of October 2018 you are kindly invited for the opening of the exhibition about dissapearing beauties of the floodplains. The exhibition shows the visitors of all ages the threatened nature of Danube floodplain habitats (river branches, wet meadows, gravel deposits, floodplain forests, wetlands and salt marshes) that Regional Association of Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development is more than 20 years trying to restore successfully.

Identification of selected seed trees in Danube floodplains

Experts from National forest centre (NLC) have indetified significant trees – sources of genetic material of the native tree and shrub species (black and white poplar, pear tree, white willow, narrow-leafed ash, bird cherry…). The most valuable of the trees will be nominated in National register and National list of  Forest reproductive material. In the…

Excursions on Veľkolélsky ostrov Island for schools and public are popular

Chilren from schools, nurseries and wide public are invited to attend an excursion on Veľkolélsky ostrov Island. Part of the excursions is not only getting to know about natural beauties of the island and its´ unique habitat mosaic, but there is also a chance to ride horses (hucule), getting to know about different ways of…

Summer camps in Veľký Lél – many children participated again this year

Again this year we organised 6 summer camps for children in the nature of  Veľkolélsky ostrov Island during summer holidays (activity E.7). The sessions were full booked already in May which is the proof of a high interest in these camps among children. Apart of horse riding children also learned about native inhabitants of Danube nature…

Story of the Veľkolélsky ostrov island – series in Radio Regina

Listen to another interesting facts about natural wealth of the Veľkolélsky ostrov island, about people living in the village Veľký Lél, pollard willows or the ecofarm keeping many kinds of domestic animals like horses or cows grazing on the island. Reportage in Radio Regina can be found here.

Press release – World Wetland Day, 2. 2. 2018

Second day of February belongs to the wetlands. Apart form the traditional feast of Candlemas we also remind World Wetland Day. The fact that this day of wetlands is mentioned also in calendar is the proof how important  they are for maintainig stability of Earth´s ecosystem. However the wetlands are still one of the most…

Rebirth of wetlands near Vojka

After the restoration measurement in spring 2017 first possitive results are seen. In the area of former branch river system (project acitivity C.2) near the village Vojka, river arms as long as 800 meters were restored which created permanent wetlands on the area of 1 ha. Water which was brought to dry places using restoration…

Restoration of lowland meadows in Apál has started

Few weeks before Christmas we managed to install a barrier against motor vehicles which we placed on deserted field road in the edge of National Natural Reserve Apálsky ostrov near the Komárno town (SKUEV Dolnovážske luhy). It´s purpose is to block the access of motor vehicles into the reserve. Due to this measurement the road…

Grown seedlings of native trees

Partner of the project – NLC – has managed to grow several native tree species that will be planted soon in the forest – common oaks, barren pear and apple trees, lindens and black poplars. Altogether 4325 seedlings have been grown. In the same time “mother heads” of black and white poplars have been planted …

Dömös Day attracted mainly families with kids

A yearly venue named Dömös Day in the village Dömös took place the 9th of September with a rich program focused on nature and its conservation. It attracted mainly families with kids.      

Invitation to the Green Day in Dömös, Hungary 9th of September

We are inviting all families to the annual event – Green Day in Dömös which will take place 9th of September 2017. You will enjoy many different activities for children and adults in the heart of beautiful nature in Danube floodplain forests.

Open Day of the project – 17. 05. 2017 – Waterworks museum, Bratislava

On the occasion of 25th anniversary of the program LIFE and 20th anniversary of the Regional Association For Nature Conservation And Sustainable Development an Open Day of the project Restoration and management of Danube floodplain habitats – LIFE14 NAT/SK/001306 took place on 17th of May 2017 from 8:30 till 21:00 in Waterworks museum in Bratislava.…

Restored wetlands in Danube floodplains near Dobrohošť

In May 2017 we managed to restore and create new wetlands in Danube floodplains near Dobrohošť. After digging a canal the water got into terrain depressions where ideal conditions for native floodplain species was created – e.g. amphibians and birds bound to open water bodies. Apart from amphibians a rare migratory birds appeared right after…

Planting of native woody species of floodplain forests in cadastral area of Bodíky

In April 2017 altogether  3375 nurslings of native woody species were planted in the forest in the cadastral area of Bodíky. The planting was realised on the localities after logging where natural reproduction of trees had not occured. We chose reforestation on these areas to prevent spreading of invasive woody species and to ensure species composition…

Monitoring of amphibians in the project area SCI Dunajské luhy

In the end of March 2017 a monitoring of amphibians started in different localities of restored wetlands. In several places an occurence of rare species was confirmed – The European fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina) and The Danube crested newt (Triturus dobrogicus). According to the collected and evaluated data about amphibians we will be able to…

Grown seedlings of native trees

Partner of the project – NLC – has managed to grow several native tree species that will be planted soon in the forest – common oaks, barren pear and apple trees, lindens and black poplars. Altogether 4325 seedlings have been grown. In the same time “mother heads” of black and white poplars have been planted…

Restoration of grasslands in SKUEV Čiližské močiare

In the beginning of the spring 2017 in cooperation with local farmers we managed to restore 23 ha of grasslands in long-term wet fields in SKUEV0227, SKUEV1227 Čiližské močiare, in the cadastral area of Číčov. This way together we succesfully enlarged the area of grasslands in the project area. Restoring of grasslands is included in…

Cincér News Letter

Hungarian partner of the project Duna – Ipoly National Park Directorate prepared new No. of Cincér new letter, which is devoted to LIFE Danube floodplains project. Cincér news letter Here is the summary of the articles: The first article: The empire of the white tailed eagle. A report was made with  Balázs Szelényi, the national  species…

Children’s summer camps on Velky Lel locality in full swing!

From the second week of July children’s summer camps take place on the Velky Lel area (project action E.7).Children from closer and more distant surrounding towns and villages can get to know the Danube floodplain countryside and its exceptional beauty during one week course. They also can learn about importance of nature protection and the…

The first part of river branch system in Kralova luka is cleaned and revived

In the middle of May 2016 the first part of Kralova luka branch system was restored in Danube floodplains. With the help of excavator the fallen dead wood and river deposits have been excavated and the water intake from Danube was released. Before restoration there was only little brooklet in some parts of the river…

Project title: Restoration and management of Danube floodplain habitats
Project sector: LIFE+, Nature and Biodiversity
Projektový acronym: LIFE Danube floodplains
Project code: LIFE14 NAT/SK/001306
Expected start date: 01/08/2015
Expected end date:31/01/2022

Total project budget : 5 999 420 € (60 % EU financial contribution – 3 599 651 € , Programme LIFE+)

 

Coordinating beneficiary: 

Regional Association for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development (Bratislavské regionálne ochranárske združenie) (Slovakia)

Project partners:

–       Water management construction, state enterprize (Vodohospodárska Výstavba, š.p.) (Slovakia)

–       Water research institute (Výskumný ústav vodného hospodárstva) (Slovakia)

–       NAtional Forest Centre (Národné lesnícke centrum) (Slovakia)

–       Duna – Ipoly National Park Directorate (Hungary)

 

    Main results of the project are – reconstruction or   technical objects in a branch system , like  small barriers, , culverts, inlets, outlets, etc. All  measures will be prepared in close cooperation with project partners – Water research institute and Water management construction, state enterprise, and other stakeholders (for example SVP – State water management company)

Expected results:

– Minimum 5 technical facilities in branches will be reconstructed or built, so that to achieve the greatest environmental benefit (enough water and suitable water regime).

–   Water regime will be improved on 1850 ha in the river Danube branch system.

–  At least two insulated side branches will be reconnected to the Danube.

– Branches will be restored to its full length of 4500 m (various barriers – deposits, residue    extraction, etc., which prevent the flow of water will be removed).

–  At least 57,500 native trees will be planted.

– River branches  and wetlands ,revitalized by water, will be able to fix CO2 from the atmosphere, thus reducing the impacts of climate change (return of the  investment thus restored wetlands, is, according to expert estimates, 100 times higher comparing to common  mitigation measures focused to reduce the impact of climate change).

Conservation status of rare species of plants, animals and habitats of floodplain forests and wetlands in the project area (belonging to the Natura 2000 network), will be improved, also flood protection will be improved.

Such a large project has not been implemented in Slovakia yet, and it will serve as a model for other similar projects in the future.

Main project objectives:

The project objective is to restore the key natural habitats of Danube floodplains and to introduce sound sustainable management. Habitat restoration will be achieved by improvement of water regime in the vast river branch system and by direct interventions to secure favourable conservation status of targeted habitats.

Specific objectives are:

  1. to optimize water level and distribution of water within the Danube river branch system and in Danube floodplains;
  2.  to restore water regime of selected disturbed localities;
  3.  to restore targeted habitat types and to improve their conservation status
  4. to increase biodiversity of floodplain forest habitats, production potential and ecosystem services of forest management;
  5.  to improve the conservation status of the last remaining fragments of non-forest habitats within project site, especially alluvial meadows and to set-up their sustainable regular management;
  6.  to support practical implementation of the EU Habitats Directive and NATURA 2000 network
  7. to raise awareness on importance of  floodplains restoration and to disseminate knowledge for replication and transfer of results and of best practices.

On the Slovakian part the project focuses on the vast area of Danubiam river branches in the following areas: Dobrohošť, Sap, Kľúčovské branch, Číčovské branch and Čilizký stream and the wetlands in the aluviums of Váh, Ipeľ and Danube rivers. In Hungrary the project focuses on the National Park Danube-Ipeľ.

Project area map

Čiližské močiare SKUEV0227, SKUEV1227

Dunajské luhy SKUEV0090

Dunaj SKUEV0393

Velkolélsky ostrov SKUEV0183

Dolnovážske luhy SKUEV0092

Kľúčovské rameno SKUEV0293 a SKUEV1293

Klátovské rameno SKUEV0075

Číčovské luhy SKUEV0182 a SKUEV1182

Háros ostrov HUDI20034

Szentendre Island HUDI20034

The project activities are defined according to LIFE requirements. The outcomes will be updated regularly on the project website. 

A. Preparatory actions, elaboration of management plans and/or of action plans

A.1: Hydrological model on flow capacity and longitudinal continuity of Danube river branch system (VUVH)

Expected results: Final proposal of restoration measures including specification of basic parameters.

A.2: Expert study on restoration of river branches lateral connectivity and wetlands water regime (VUVH)

Elaboration of final expert study that will include all restoration measures including their basic parameters.

A.3: Technical documentation (VVB)

Technical set of project documentation elaborated for realisation of conservation actions C.1 and C.2. Documentation for obtaining construction permit elaborated, submitted to responsible authorities and approved. All necessary permissions and agreements according to Act No. 543/2002 on Nature and Landscape Protection as amended provided.

A.4: Identification of the sources of autochthonous gene pool, reproduction of these species and elaboration of activities draft serving on forest ecosystems conservation (NLC, BROZ, DINPD)

Established a gene pool of 200 DNA-verified Black poplar genotypes with varietal identity and GIS records on Hungarian side.

Individual trees/ approved stands will be indentified within Slovak part of project site as source of reproduction material.

Number of individual trees or areas with approved stands will be nominated to the National Register and National list LRM.

The expert study proposed concrete restoration measures to improve conservation status of targeted forest habitats will be elaborated.

A.5: Expert study on lowland meadows and non-forest habitats restoration (BROZ)

An expert study on restoration of lowland meadows and non-forest habitats elaborated. At least 2 public discussions with stakeholders and/or experts on the study organized.

 

B. Purchase/lease of land and/or compensation payments for use rights

B.1: Purchase / lease of land (BROZ)

Purchased or leased land in order restoration activities could be preformed.

 

C. Concrete conservation actions

C.1: Restoration of the flow capacity and longitudinal continuity of Danube branch system (BROZ, VVB)

Action will be implemented in SCI Dunajské luhy. Minimum of 5 technical objects will be created or reconstructed on the selected locations at the existing fixed weirs, where maximal ecological impacts can be achieved for largest sections of the river branch system. Water regime of the area of 1850 ha improved.  Updated “Operating manual” with new technical measures and maximising ecological benefits of the restored longitudinal continuity of the river branch system. Conservation status of the targeted species will be improved and their populations will be enhanced.

C.2: Restoration of river branches lateral connectivity and water regime of wetlands (VVB, BROZ)

Two major river branches will be restored in their whole length. This includes restoration of their water regime a river dynamics. It is expected that minimum of 4 500 m of river branches will be re-connected with long-term perspective for sustainable natural restoration of breeding habitats for target species. Migration barriers for fish and other water organisms will be removed. Due to restricted access to some places after restoration also significant decrease of human disturbance will be achieved on 135 ha.Four wetlands will be restored with the total area expected of 37 ha.

Conservation status of the targeted species will be improved and their populations will be enhanced.

C.3: Establishment of the biological base and production of planting material of the native tree species (NLC, DINPD)

Established archive of forest tree genetic resources of the Danube floodplain in Slovakia. Within the repository of genetic resources of NLC, important species will be represented in a minimum of 20 pieces of each specimen. Together 45,000 pieces of seedlings for reforestation needs will be grown during the project implementation. A gene pool will be established by DINPD on 3.8 ha area. The number of genotypes in Hungary preserved in the tree-shaped collection is at least 400.

C.4: Restoration of autochthonous tree species composition and increase of the forest stands biodiversity (BROZ, DINPD)

Planting of 57 500 pcs. of native tree species on the total area of 45 ha. 45 000 pcs of trees planted within Slovak part of project site. Invasive tree and plant species removed on the area of 40 ha o Slovak project side. After planting care of young trees realized. In Hungary on Háros Island: Clearance of  Negundo aceroides, Fallopia japonica, Solidago sp. from at least 7 hectares.Restoration of the alluvial forest (i.e. several smaller spots) on a total area of minimum 3.5 hectares. Construction of protective game wire fence in 1,550 m total length.Waste clean-up and removal of ammunition: 5 ha The removal of ammunition is necessary to provide for the safety of workers and researchers. The 560 m long concrete fence that runs in the middle of the alluvial forest, will be removed. By cutting its dikes in two places we assure better and more frequent flooding of the enclosed area.

C.5: Restoration of lowland meadows and non-forest habitats (BROZ)

Overall 84 ha of grasslands restored and their regular management initiated. At least 150 pollard willows be restored. Overall 200 pcs of new pollard willows will be planted.

 

D. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions (obligatory)

D.1: Hydrological and hydrobiological monitoring (VUVH

Compilation of database of hydrological, morphological, climatological, biological and chemical data for the state before and after implementation of measures. Assessment of present abiotic and biotic state of the branch systems in the project areas. Assessment of effectiveness of proposed measures.

D.2: Monitoring of biota (BROZ, DINPD)

Database will be created with estimated several thousands of records. At the end of the project final monitoring report with the results will be provided to give feedback to the implementation of the concrete conservation actions. Scientific information about selected groups of biota from the project site will be provided via annual reports. Final report will compare situation of selected taxa before onset of C actions and post-restoration situation.

D.3: Monitoring of socio-economic impacts of the project (BROZ)

One socio- economic report will be completed in a final phases to give feedback to the implementation of the concrete conservation actions.

D.4: Monitoring of the impact on the ecosystem functions (BROZ)

The ecosystem functions will be characterized in the beginning of the project, after previous-monitoring of project sites and all relevant monitoring (of biota, hydrobiological monitoring etc.).  From all possibilities, the relevant ecosystem functions for each project site will be selected and those will be subsequently monitored.

Also the relevant ecosystem functions for specific habitats will be selected and monitored. The statement of the ecosystem in a relation to ecosystem functions will be measured in the beginning and in the end of the project.

D.5:  Monitoring of dissemination of activities (BROZ)

The monitored results will be processed into excel tables and graphics, where relevant feedback progress will be clear. The percentage of questionnaire’s and quizes’s successful responses will be measured at the beginning and in the end of activities. The results and graphics will be delivered with final report, because the monitoring activities will last till the end of the project.

 

E. Public awareness and dissemination of results (obligatory)

E.1: Project website (BROZ)

The project web page developed, maintained and promoted during the whole project period in three languages – EN, SK, HU.

E.2: Meetings with stakeholders and study visits (BROZ)

Constant communication with stakeholders, at least 24 meetings with stakeholders will be organized. In average each meeting attended by 5 representatives, 2 two-day study visits for cca. 30 people each will be organized.

E.3: Publication of information, educational and promotional materials (BROZ, NLC, DINPD)

Following information, educational and promotion materials will be produced and disseminated: leaflets, expert brochures – 3 types/ series together, 7 500 copies publication ‘Discover Duna-Ipoly Natural Park’, Cincer newspaper, DINPD promotional materials (textile bags, pens, register books, calendar, mugs), stickers, calendar, magnets,  T-shirts, cups, pens,  visitors centre facility improvement.

E.4: Excursions / tours for students, teachers and public, guid trainings (BROZ, DINPD)

10 guided excursions for students (together  200 people expected), and 5 guided excursions for the public (together 50 people expected). Two 5-days trainings of guides will take place. DINPD. Five 1-day demonstration tours for teachers will take place. The number of new guides trained during the project: 20 people. The number of guides receiving further training during the project: 20 people. The number of people participating on guided tours during the project: 4000 people.

E.5: Promotion of project on conferences and in media (BROZ, VUVH, NLC)

Project presented on at least 13 conferences, 4 press conferences organized, 5 press releases distributed, 30 articles covering the project published, 5 radio interviews broadcasted, 10 TV shots broadcasted.

E.6: Presentations for school and public, interactive educational expositions (BROZ, DINPD)

10 presentations for students (together 200 people expected), 5 presentations for the public (together 100 people expected).The visit of stabile exhibition by 10 institutions/ organizations/ schools (Minimum of 3 500 visitors of stabile exhibition) – BROZ

Established exhibition by DINPD (overall 5 000 visitors during project duration).

E.7: Camping in the nature (BROZ)

Twenty 5-days camps for overall 240 children will take place.

E.8: Final conference (BROZ)

At least 40 participants from Slovakia and neighbouring countries attending the event. At least 5 media representatives attending press conference. Project’s results disseminated through at least 5 media outputs (e.g. online and printed articles, TV and radio interviews).

E.9: Networking with other projects and institutions (BROZ)

Six three day visits for 3-5 project personnel or key stakeholders will be organized and implemented. These will lead to visit several places where management of natural areas meets with similar issues and where interested parties can discuss e.g. sheep grazing management, natural tree species planting, use of natural mixtures seeds, and restoration of grasslands, wetlands. Such study visits will lead to similar projects in Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Hungary or Poland.

E.10: Organization of family day (DINPD)

6 family days, expected 500 guests per event, i.e. a total of 3000 people in six years.

E.11: Notice boards (BROZ)

Installation of 10 notice boards. Installation of small notice boards according need of actions implemented in field.

E.12: Layman report (BROZ)

Layman’s report produced.

 

F. Project management and monitoring of project progress (obligatory)

F.1: Project management (BROZ)

The sound implementation of the project ensured. Project staff employed. First progress report, three other progress reports, midterm report and final report submitted.

F.2: Project bookkeeping and financial management (BROZ, DINPD)

Transparent recording of project finances (expenditures + incomes).

F.3. Project auditing (BROZ)

Audit reports confirming transparent and accurate recording of project finances (expenditures + incomes). Final report on the project audit will be enclosed to the final technical report.

F.4: After-LIFE project conservation plan (BROZ)

An After-LIFE conservation plan  written after the project will finished will include the maintenance activities and responsible organisations.

Achieved results (date 31.07.2019):

A. Preparatory actions, elaboration of management plans and/or of action plans

A.1: Hydrological model on flow capacity and longitudinal continuity of Danube river branch system (VUVH)

Physical model of the river branch system is built in technical laboratory in VÚVH. All the field measurements needed for digital model of the branch system are accomplished as well as the calculations. Digital model is functioning for the purpose of choosing the most suitable measurements in the study. Proposal of the study is being finalized and it will include the proposal of restoration measurements.

The study, which includes the proposals of restoration interventions for the activity C1 is finished.

A.2: Expert study on restoration of river branches lateral connectivity and wetlands water regime (VUVH)

All the field monitoring measurements are accomplished for the purpose of setting the hydrodynamic 1D and 2D models. Simulations of various scenarios were done for different water levels. The study proposal is being finalized and it will contain proposals of restoration measurements.

The study, which includes the proposals of restoration interventions for the activity C2 is finished.

A.3: Technical documentation (VVB)

Technical documentation for the restoration of the part of the river arm in the locality of Kráľovská lúka meadow was prepared (year 2015).

A technical documentation is being prepared for the restorations that will be realized within the C1 and C2 activities.

A.4: Identification of the sources of autochthonous gene pool, reproduction of these species and elaboration of activities draft serving on forest ecosystems conservation (NLC, BROZ, DINPD)

Gene pool of 200 DNA genotypes of black poplars on Hungarian part has been finished (DINPD).

Identification of the sources of autochtonous gene pool in Slovak part has been done. More than 150 tree individuals along the Danube has been identified including black poplars, willows (Crack willow), narrow-leafed ash, small-leaved lime, apple tree, pear tree, mulberry, common oak. The data are processed into a report, seed and reproductive material is collected and planted to grow tree seedlings in field station of NLC.

Activity is finished.

A.5: Expert study on lowland meadows and non-forest habitats restoration (BROZ)

Expert study of lowland meadows and non-forest habitats was done in 2016. Restoration works on lowland meadows are being done these days on the basis of the study – activity C5.

Activity is finished.

B. Purchase/lease of land and/or compensation payments for use rights

B.1: Purchase / lease of land (BROZ)

This land is rented and purchased for the purpose of restoration native floodplain ecosystems in C-activities.

The land purchased/ leased from the start of the project is as follows:

–        37,162 ha purchased:

  • Water, wetland and riparian habitats (3150, 3270, etc.) – 5 ha (plan) – 7,25 ha (purchased up to now)
  • Grassland habitats (6120*, 6510, etc.) – 12 ha (plan) – 11,799 ha (purchased up to now)
  • Forest habitats (91E0*, 91F0) – 14,5 ha (plan) – 12,965 ha (purchased up to now)
  • Arable land – 3,963 ha
  • Other land – 1,205 ha.

The target for purchased land was 31,5 ha and was already exceeded: 37,1621 ha.

–        78,783 ha leased (18,57 ha in SKUEV Číčovské luhy, 56,72 ha in SKUEV Dunajské luhy, SKUEV Dolnovážske luhy 3,493 ha). These habitats are in that area:

  • water, wetland and riparian habitats (3150, 3270, etc.) – 1,48 ha
  • grassland habitats (6120*, 6510, etc.) – 23,323 ha
  • forest habitats (91E0*, 91F0) – 53,98 ha

The target for leased land was: mosaic of forests and wetlands will be leased with the total size of 38,5 ha. This target was already exceeded – the land leased now is 78,783 ha.

C. Concrete conservation action

C.1: Restoration of the flow capacity and longitudinal continuity of Danube branch system (BROZ, VVB)

The activity started by negotiating the changes in the Manipulation plan for operation of Gabčíkovo hydroelectric power plant. These changes are aiming to bring more water into Danube river branch system and enable its flooding with Danube water on regular basis – as it was natural in the past before the construction of the power plant.

C.2: Restoration of river branches lateral connectivity and water regime of wetlands (VVB, BROZ)

May 2016 – the river arm Kráľovská lúka meadow near Baka village – one part was finished in the lenght of 190 m. This activity will continue

In April 2017 – other restoration and enlarging the wetlands in the river branch system near Dobrohošť  and Vojka village was done. The results are: dry river arm was restored in the lenght 430 m, the flow of the water was restored and the period when the water is present in the river arm in the lenght of 440 m, was prolonged (before the water had been present 6 months in the year, now it is the whole year round). 0,95 ha of the long-term periodical wetlands were restored (Dobrohošť + Kyselica), the potencial of flooding hard and softwood forest in Dobrohošť and Kyselica was restored in the area of cca 16 ha.

From February till May 2018 a restoration of wetlands on Veľkolélsky Ostrov island was done with the following results: 2 permanent 0,6 ha deep wetlands were created. One large periodic wetland and 6 smaller shallow temporary wetlands were created on the island. These are filled with water from the canal when the flow in Danube is higher than 3000 m3/s. Total area of the wetlands is 40,89 ha. (map of the wetlands).

Photos in article.

C.3: Establishment of the biological base and production of planting material of the native tree species (NLC, DINPD)

A register of genetic sources of native forest wood species in Danube floodplains in field station NLC has been built.

Here are the numbers of seedlings grown in field station that will be planted in the forest plots:

Autumn 2016 800 pcs of Black poplar, 450 pcs of lime tree – total 1250
Autumn 2017 70 pcs of oak tree (Quercus robur), 3000 pcs black poplar (Populus nigra), 200 pcs wild apple tree (Malus silvestris), 200 pcs wild pear tree (Pyrus communis), 350 pcs lime tree (Tilia cordata) – total 3820
Autumn 2018 800 pcs white poplar (Populus alba), 4500 pcs black poplar (Populus nigra), 400 pcs European white elm (Ulmus laevis), 300 wild apple tree (Malus silvestris), 1000 pcs oak tree (Quercus robur), 120 pcs (Tilia cordata) – total 7120 pcs
Total 12 190 pcs

C.4: Restoration of autochthonous tree species composition and increase of the forest stands biodiversity (BROZ, DINPD)

Hungary – remowing of invasive species Negundo aceroides, Fallopia japonica, Solidago sp on the Haros Island has been done on the area of 8 ha.

Ammunition removal from 7,1 hectares was done.

Apart from that 12 000 tree seedlings were planted in Hungary (black poplars, oaks, elms)

In Slovakia the total number of planted seedling is 20 970 – different species (black poplar, white poplar, small-leaved lime, common oak, wild apple and pear tree, European white elm).

C.5: Restoration of lowland meadows and non-forest habitats (BROZ)

Activity has started in 2017 – grassing of UEV Čiližské močiare near Kľúčovec has been done – on 23 ha of wet fields, in cooperation with the local agricultural company

In December 2017 – Works on restoration of lowland meadows in National Nature Reserve Apálsky ostrov near Komárno were accomplished. In UEV Dolnovážske luhy a metal barrier was installed on 24th of November 2017 with no addmittance. Then a partial mulching of the meadow was carried out – cca 3,8 ha (removal of natural seedings of trees and bushes).

The works continued next year from August 2018 by further mulching and grass cutting of the area of 5,5 ha and in the following year 2019 by grass cutting.

In the spring 2018, 63 young willow trees were planted in Veľkolélsky ostrov along the periodical canal on its both sides. Out of this number only 12 survived the hot summer 2018.

Moreover, 110 old pollard willows were restored under the supervision of arborist in Veľkolélsky Ostrov.

D. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions (obligatory)

D.1: Hydrological and hydrobiological monitoring (VUVH)

Beginning hydromorphological and hydrobiological monitoring has been done which is the basis for the activity A1 and also for the comparison of the state of the ecosystems before realisation of C-actions.

A monitoring report has been finished.

D.2: Monitoring of biota (BROZ, DINPD)

Hungary: Monitoring of biota has been accomplished – of birds and fish.

Slovakia: monitoring of amphibians, land and water plants and habitats in 2017 and 2018.

D.3: Monitoring of socio-economic impacts of the project (BROZ)

In 2017 a survey research was done from which the first report was processed.

D.4 Monitoring of the impact on the ecosystem functions (BROZ)

The action started in 2018. The monitoring report will be finished in 2019.

D.5:  Monitoring of dissemination of activities (BROZ)

The action is still in progress. We use answer sheets, numbers of visitors of our web-site, Facebook, radio ratings etc. to monitor impact of our information activities.

E.  Public awareness and dissemination of results (obligatory)

E.1: Project website (BROZ)

Project web-site is in 3 language versions – English, Slovak and Hungarian and it is regularly actualised.

E.2: Meetings with stakeholders and study visits (BROZ)

From begining of the project 70 informal meetings were organized with land owners, 14 meetings with stakeholders with attendance sheets

E.3: Publication of information, educational and promotional materials (BROZ, NLC, DINPD)

BROZ

– project logo – finished from 11/2015

– stickers and magnets with the logo: 06/2016

– stickers with historical photos of floodplains + rare species of plants and animals – spring 2017

– information leaflet about project actions – october 2017 – it could be seen on the web page of the project

– pens – are finished in 3 language versions

– cups – hand made with project logo

– accessories for visitor centre in Veľký Lél purchased and used for summer camps E.7

– an open summer house built for visitors in Veľký Lél – august 2017

– T- shirts with mandalas of Danube floodplains were produced for men, women and children. T- shirt were made from organic biocotton.

– Calendar for the year 2019 about Velký Lél was produced. Printed on recycled paper.

– Brochure/ leaflet for visitors of Velký Lél was produced. Printed on recycled paper.

DINPD

– prepared project bags

– Cincer Newsletter in 2016-2017-2018

– chocolates with project logos produced

E.4: Excursions / tours for students, teachers and public, guid trainings (BROZ, DINPD)

For the purpose of organising excursions monocular, binoculars and magnifying glasses have been purchased. They are used for the activity E.7 – summer camps.

What was realised – 12 excursions for students and children (338 children and teachers), 7 excursions for public (101 participants)

E.5: Promotion of project on conferences and in media (BROZ, VUVH, NLC)

Till now the project has been presented:

  • In 6 conferences
  • 3 press reports
  • 8 articles in magazines and newspapers
  • 4 radio programs

E.6: Presentations for school and public, interactive educational expositions (BROZ, DINPD)

We organized 14 presentation for students with 371 students and teachers and 6 presentation for public – 413 participants.

E.7: Camping in the nature (BROZ)

We organized summer camps in spring 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Altogether 18 summer camps have been organizes so far for 200 children. Equipment for the camps purchased in 2017: 10 binoculars, one large monocular and magnifying glasses for the insect. In 2016 we built toilets and showers for the camps.

E.8: Final conference (BROZ)

Activity hasn´t started yet.

E.9: Networking with other projects and institutions (BROZ)

9 networking activities took place with representatives of NDPD, Czech and Slovak NGOs and representatives of Jihočeský kraj (county in the South of Czech republic) and participants from SOS – 91 participants.

E.10: Organization of family day (DINPD)

Domos Greed Day took place in Hungary 3x – 10. 9. 2016 , 9.9.2017, 15.9.2018. There was a high visit rate on this activity.

E.11: Notice boards (BROZ)

Activity hasn´t started yet.

E.12: Layman report (BROZ)

Activity hasn´t started yet.

F.  Project management and monitoring of project progress (obligatory)

F.1: Project management (BROZ)

Activity continues, first report was processed in 2016, the second in 2018.

F.2: Project bookkeeping and financial management (BROZ, DINPD)

Activity in progress.

F.3. Project auditing (BROZ)

Activity hasn´t started yet.

F.4: After-LIFE project conservation plan (BROZ)

Activity hasn´t started yet.

BROZ – Mgr. Silvia Halková – project manager
halkova (at) broz.sk

DINPD – Gyula Kiss – project manager of partner organisation Národný park Dunaj Ipeľ
kissgy (at) dinpi.hu

NLC – Ing. Martin Bartko, PhD. – project manager of partner organisation Národné lesnícke centrum
bartko (at) nlcsk.org

VÚVH – Ing. Katarina Holubova, PhD., – project manager of partner organisation VÚVH
holubova (at) vuvh.sk