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The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

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Company description

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) works to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of waters and freshwater resources in the Danube River Basin. The ICPDR is a transnational body, which has been established to implement the Danube River Protection Convention. In 2000, the ICPDR contracting parties nominated the ICPDR as the platform for the implementation of all transboundary aspects of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The work for the successful implementation of the EU WFD is therefore high on the political agenda of the countries of the Danube River Basin District. In 2007, the ICPDR also took responsibility for coordinating the implementation of the EU Floods Directive in the Danube River Basin.

Fields of activity

In a nutshell, the ICPDR (1) assesses the state of surface and ground waters in the Danube River Basin; (2) develops actions to conserve or improve these waters; (3) collects information on the implementation and progress of these actions; and (4) supports individual contracting parties or other relevant entities in the implementation efforts of these actions. From this, a range of activities can be derived,
  • implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive;
  • implementation of the EU Flood Directive as well as the orchestration of basin-wide flood protection measures;
  • Danube-wide assessments in the course of "Joint Danube Surveys" and through the Transnational Monitoring Network (TNMN);
  • involvement in the EU Danube Strategy;
  • coordination to maintain an accident emergency warning system (AEWS) and risk spot inventories;
  • implementation of measures to fight hydromorphological alterations, nutrient pollution, organic pollution and hazardous substance pollution;
  • protection of habitats and wetland restoration including promotion of fish passes where needed;
  • dialogue with representatives from sectors affecting water such as hydropower, navigation or agriculture;
  • adaptation to climate change;
and many more.

Organization and departments

The ICPDR comprises 15 Contracting Parties who have committed themselves to implement the Danube River Protection Convention (DRPC). The Contracting Parties to the DRPC presently include Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine and the European Union. The Contracting Parties are represented by delegations to the ICPDR, led by Heads of Delegation.

All technical work within the ICPDR is carried out by Expert and Task Groups. These groups are essential to the operation of the ICPDR. The work is based on the inputs and contributions of national experts from the Contracting Parties and from the Observers who are the members of these groups.

The work of the ICPDR is supported by a Secretariat located in Vienna.

Tasks in the AIM project

The ICPDR is as an Observer partner in the frame of the AIM project, aiming to provide a link between the project and water management administrations in the Danube basin. The expectation is inter alia that the project enables to summarise key results of previous relevant Alpine Space Programme (ASP) projects in a way to make the information better available and comprehensible for policy makers. Close exchange between projects and policy makers is often crucial to ensure practical results for water management planning processes.

Contact person

Project Manager: Raimund Mair
Street: Vienna International Centre / Wagramer Straße 5 / Room D0417
Post Code: 1220
Town/ City: Vienna
Country: Austria
Phone: +43 1 26060 5333
Fax: +43 1 26060 5895
Homepage: www.icpdr.org
E-mail: Raimund.MAIR@unvienna.org

Download the AIM deliverables!
(Milan, Italy, 10th January 2015)

AIM WebGIS database
(Milan, Italy, 9th January 2015)

WP5 deliverables are now available for download!
(Vienna, Austria, 9th January 2015)

Alpine Space needs in terms of water & energy nexus
(Ljubljana, Slovenia, 31st December 2014)

Outcomes from panel discussions and interviews with stakeholders
(31st December 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar, PRELIMINARY AGENDA
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Water for the world initiative
(Milano, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Alpine Space 2020 Conference
(Salzburg, Austria, 21 October 2014)

AIM project promoted by the French press
(Megeve, France, 11 October 2014)

Final Transnational Seminar, SAVE THE DATE
(Venice, Italy, 25 November 2014)

Questionnaire about WATER-ENERGY-NEXUS!
(Milan, Italy, 17 September 2014)

European River Restoration Conference
(Vienna, Austria, 27 - 29 October 2014)

Alpine Freshwater Habitats – River Restoration Workshop
(Zvolen, Slovakia, 4 September 2014)

Course on how to estimate design variables in poorly gauged basins
(Delft, The Netherlands, 17-28 November 2014)

Sustainability and future - Thematic pole 4. Low carbon communities
(Fojnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27-28 August, 2014)

Partner meeting and discussion with German stakeholders in Munich
(Munich, Germany, 11th – 12th June 2014)

AIM project presented on the Alpstar project Final Conference
(Ljubljana, Slovenia, 27th May 2014)

Meeting with Kyoto Club
(Milan, Italy, 18 February 2014)

AIM leaflet and brochure
(Milan, Italy, 15 March 2014)

Brainstroming seminar with stakeholdes in Slovenia
(Ljubljana, 12-13 February 2014)

Experiences and perspectives of territorial cooperation in the Alps: the Alpine Convention and the Alpine Space Programme
(Gazzada Schiano, Italy, 26 November 2013)

Kick-off meeting and Brainstorming Seminar with stakeholders in Vienna
(Vienna, Austria, 20-21 November 2013)

Pre-Internal meeting in Milan
(Milan, Italy, 28-29 October 2013)

Meeting with SEAPAlps coordinator in Milan
(Milan, Italy, 10 October 2013)

SedAlp Advisory Board Meeting
(Feldkirch, Austria, 23-24 September 2013)

Lead Partner Seminar in Munich
(Munich, Germany, 10-11 September 2013)