Exchange of experience and ideas with INTERREG IDES project


Representatives of DANUBEPARKS and the LIFE WILDisland project took part in the internal stakeholder meeting of the “Improving water quality in the Danube river and its tributaries by integrative floodplain management based on Ecosystem Services” INTERREG Project. The meeting took place in the General Directorate of Water Management of Hungary on October 4-5th 2022.

The IDES project aims to develop and implement a transnational integrative ecosystem service approach to improve water quality management and thus, generating win-win-situations for multifunctional floodplains instead of trade-offs. The IDES tool developed within the project should enable the national key actors in water quality management to identify the most sustainable measures without neglecting the needs of other sectors. The project uses a set of pilot areas, some of which (the Donau-Auen National Park in Austria) are in direct focus of the LIFE WILDisland project actions and the DANUBEPARKS activities.

This results in direct synergies and excellent opportunities for networking and cooperation in using the IDES experience to motivate and justify conservation actions and new partnerships for DANUBEPARKS. In addition to that, the results of the IDES project can be used to assess the impact of the conservation actions carried out within the WILDisland project.

We are very grateful for the invitation to join the meeting and are looking forward to the final outcomes of the IDES project and the potential follow-up projects and initiatives!

Photo credit: IDES Project; Közép-Tisza-vidéki Vízügyi Igazgatóság / Middle Tisza District Water Directorate