Every year, Danube Day invites the 79 million people in the 14 countries of the Danube River Basin countries to celebrate the day. While the 2020 and 2021 Danube Day celebrations had to accommodate COVID-19 safety restrictions by holding online events, this year is seeing the return of outdoor events throughout several Danube countries! A variety of online activities will also take place, including various special articles and coverage in place of physical events, online games and one-off website and internet experiences, online talks, video conferences, shareable short films, and much else.
The theme this year is “Discover Danube,” inspired by the 4th Joint Danube Survey (JDS4), one of the world’s most comprehensive surface water monitoring efforts. The findings of JDS4, first published in 2021, have been disseminated throughout the Danube River Basin to inform the public about vital data gathered on water quality across the entire length of the Danube River and its major tributaries.
First celebrated in 2004, Danube Day was created in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the signing of the 1994 Danube River Protection Convention in Sofia, Bulgaria. It celebrates the Danube, the rivers that flow into it, and their vital role in providing water, food, power, recreation, and livelihoods.
During its 19 years, Danube Day has grown to become the world’s largest international river festival, populating riverbanks with events and activities from the Black Forest to the Black Sea to celebrate the Danube’s cultural diversity. At the international level, events are coordinated by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) from the Permanent Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. Under the umbrella of the ICPDR, member countries and partners organize national events, putting to use their local knowledge side-by-side with international cooperation.
The ICPDR 2022 President, Róbert–Eugen Szép of Romania, said: “While ICPDR member states continue to face various circumstances, the ICPDR is an institution that continues to represent their shared priorities and aims. Today on Danube Day, not only do we celebrate the livelihoods of the Danube but the relationships between the Danube members and communities, all of which rely on one another.”
The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) comprises 15 Contracting Parties. Since its establishment in 1998, it has grown into one of the largest and most active international bodies engaged in river basin management in Europe. Its activities relate not only to the Danube River but also to the tributaries and groundwater resources of the entire Danube River Basin, with additional close links with the Black Sea.
For more information regarding Danube Day 2022 and events, please visit www.danubeday.org and www.icpdr.org.
Photo credits: Danube Day / Marlene König
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