The project builds on the previous cooperation of 9 countries of the European Union within the DANUBEPARKS project, which brought a comprehensive mapping of islands along the entire flow of the Danube. LIFE WILDisland brings together 15 partners from these countries, whose common goal is to restore the natural dynamics of the Danube, revitalize the islands and protect the softwood alluvial forest habitat.

For more information, visit the official website of the project.

Workshop at the Croatian Danube

The WILDisland team met at the Croatian Danube in the Kopački Rit Nature Park, where we took part in a project management workshop.

Islands from above

Take a look at the two Danube islands that will get the new look thanks to the LIFE WILDisland project.

Danube Islands

Together with our DANUBEPARKS partners, we are launching a new project focused on the entire flow of the Danube, which will bring restoration of the side arms and the revitalization of the islands.

Project title: Danube Wild Island Habitat Corridor

Project sector: LIFE, Nature and Biodiversity

Project acronym: LIFE WILDisland

Project code: LIFE20 NAT/AT/000063

Duration: 01/09/2021 – 31/08/2027

Total project budget: 14,222,637 € (63,98 % EU financial contribution)

Coordinating beneficiary: Nationalpark Donau-Auen GmbH (AUT)

Project partners: 

  • Alsó-Duna-völgyi Vízügyi Igazgatóság (Lower Danube Valley Water Directorate) (HUN)
  • Bratislavské regionálne ochranárske združenie (SVK)
  • Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority (ROU)
  • Duna-Dráva Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság (HUN)
  • Duna-Ipoly Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság (HUN)
  • Fertő Hanság Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság (HUN)
  • Hrvatske šume limited liability company, Croatian Forests ltd. (HRV)
  • Javna ustanova “Park prirode Kopački rit” (HRV)
  • Persina Nature Park Directorate (BGR)
  • Uniper Kraftwerke GmbH (DEU)
  • VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH (AUT)
  • Javno Preduzede “Vojvodinašume” (SRB)
  • via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH (AUT)

Program LIFE

Project focus:

The WILDisland project aims to strengthen the conservation status of the softwood alluvial forest priority habitat by restoring 34 islands along the entire Danube. The individual partners are responsible for the restoration of specific islands, but in order to achieve the higher goal of improving the condition of the Danube and the priority habitat, mutual cooperation is needed between all the countries involved.

Main goals of the project: 

  1. Restoration of the natural character of Danube islands by modifying the bank fortifications
  2. Change of the flow by turning the side arms and modifying the groynes
  3. Improving sediment management
  4. Restoration of natural vegetation along the Danube
  5. Protection of natural islands
  6. Raising public and stakeholder awareness of islands and softwood alluvial forest habitat

Sap – CHKO Dunajské Luhy (SKCHVU007)

Kližská Nemá – CHKO Dunajské Luhy (SKCHVU007)

The restoration of 2 islands is underway in Slovakia.

At the locality of Sap, the closed side arm supply will be dug, which will increase the water flow in the arm and the local island will be restored. The increased inflow of water is likely to change the character of the bank and thus create conditions suitable for the emergence of a priority habitat of softwood alluvial forest. On the island, we plan to restore the natural forest by planting native trees.

At the Kližská Nemá locality, groynes will be modified for the first time in Slovakia in order to increase the inflow of water into the side arm. The groynes fulfill the function of directing the flow for navigation, which reduces the dynamics of the water along the shore. By modifying the groynes, we plan to achieve a higher water flow in the side arm, restore the local island and also assume a positive impact on the bank and the adjacent forest.

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