MEASURES Managing and restoring aquatic EcologicAl corridors for migratory fiSh species in the danUbe RivEr baSin

MEASURES aims to create ecological corridors by identifying key habitats and initiating protection measures along the Danube and its main tributaries. In this sense, sturgeons and other migratory fish species will act as flagship species in support of our goals.

Sturgeons and other migratory fish species represent a historical, economic and natural heritage of the Danube and are indicators of the ecological status of its watercourses, especially concerning the function of the river as an ecological corridor. Transnational management of these corridors and restoration actions, as well as restocking with indigenous species are essential.

In the three years of the project, MEASURES means:

  • mapping and identifing of key habitats by developing and testing a methodology for migratory fish habitat mapping;
  • developing a harmonized strategy for restoring green corridors and supporting implementation in future management plans;
  • restocking of two native species to conserve their genetic pool in Hungary and Romania, establishment of a network for concerted repopulation of the target species and elaboration of a manual for the operation of broodstock facilities that will provide the offspring needed for the re-population;
  • the implementation of the MEASURES Information System that will facilitate the access of experts, decision-makers and the general public to the relevant information available.

Concrete input into the next drafts of policy and management plans will secure the translation of project outcomes into sustainable management of relevant sites restoring ecological corridors.

Managing and restoring aquatic EcologicAl corridors for migratory fiSh species in the danUbe RivEr baSin
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2512931,08
ERDF Contribution: 2045645,09
IPA Contribution: 90346,27
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Lead partner AUSTRIA
Institute for Ichthyological and Ecological Research REVIVO ERDF partner SLOVENIA
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences ERDF partner BULGARIA
Ministry of Waters and Forests ERDF partner ROMANIA
Trnava University in Trnava, Faculty of Education ERDF partner SLOVAKIA
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Project News

  • MEASURES - Highlights from the project
    - 26-07-2021
    Highlights from the project

    The MEASURES project will end on July 30th, but our efforts to protect migratory fish continue. Biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems has declined twice as much as in our oceans or forests. Populations of migratory freshwater fish have...

  • MEASURES - Searching for sterlets in Slovenia
    - 12-07-2021
    Searching for sterlets in Slovenia

    Based on previous habitat surveys and literature reviews, the REVIVO Institute implemented fishing surveys in hope to find sterlet in two Slovenian rivers – the Mura and in the lover part of the Sava. About our habitat survey you can read...

  • MEASURES - Bringing Wetlands Back to Life
    - 30-06-2021
    Bringing Wetlands Back to Life

    From the Black Forest Mountains to Sulina, the Danube has shaped over time 10 countries and countless communities and cultures. Today, 83 million people live in the Danube river basin, of which over 20 million depend directly on the Danube for...

  • MEASURES - Developing MEASURES for reconnecting migratory fish habitats in the Danube basin
    - 02-06-2021
    Developing MEASURES for reconnecting migratory fish habitats in the Danube basin

    Last month, the project held its final conference, bringing together participants from diverse fields interested in the conservation and restoration of the Danube basin. “The MEASURES final conference was held to disseminate the key results...

  • MEASURES - Project efforts featured in latest issue of WWF US magazine
    - 05-05-2021
    Project efforts featured in latest issue of WWF US magazine

    The MEASURES restocking event that took place last October, when 700 Russian sturgeon were released into the Danube River in Isaccea, Romania, is featured in the current issue of World Wildlife, the quarterly magazine of WWF US. The story...

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