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Wetlands such as floodplain forests, marshlands, deltas, floodplain corridors and lakeshores have numerous functions. They are valuable drinking water reserves for millions of people. They assist in reducing the impacts from floods and pollution. They also provide habitat for many species. However, 80% of the Danube's wetlands and floodplains were lost since the end of the 19th century, threatening species such as pelicans in the Danube Delta and beavers in the Upper Danube.
Danube wetlands are getting significant help from the UNDP/GEF Danube Regional Project. A key goal is to target Danube water and wetland managers to better incorporate wetland conservation into their river basin planning, especially to help them fulfil the EU Water Framework Directive. Project partners include Danube NGOs, especially those in the Danube Environment Forum (DEF) with 170 NGO members, scientific experts and the ICPDR.
In 2021 the ICPDR will be seeking your public input on the next update to our management plans (DRBMP & DFRMP. In the meantime, you can re-read the previous updates in place since 2015: the DRBM Plan Update 2015 and the 1st DFRMP.