Freshwater habitats and rivers are unique natural assets of Hungary with their special species and biodiversity. Freshwater habitats are particularly important, because they provide not only living space for protected and non-protected aquatic and riparian species, but also deliver ecosystem services to human beings and their communities (e.g. drinking water supply).
The goal of our freshwater program is to stop degradation and to improve the diversity and quality of rivers, riparian habitats, marshes, side branches, oxbows and floodplain forests; especially along Hungary’s priority rivers, Danube, Drava and Tisza.
We develop and implement projects which restore freshwater ecosystem and river morphology and which support traditional and extensive land use. These projects with the involvement of the responsible authorities and stakeholders are model studies representing how local communities can receive benefit from nature conservation and how green economy can support the maintenance of freshwater habitats.
We participate in policy work to facilitate the appropriate implementations of EU Directives, especially the Water Framework Directive, and put our focus on informing and influencing decision makers about the multiple benefits of changing the traditional management of rivers from regulation to restoration. With the restoration of our natural resources we can create a new vision for our unique rivers within the Danube river basin.
Our largest river, the Danube is invaluable to all of us. The side-branches, floodplain forests and meadows give home to a rich wildlife, while the gravel beds beneath the islands hide cheap extractable drinking water.
Our longest river and its environs are of inestimable value for all of us. The river's subfamilies, floodplain forests and peat meadows host rich wildlife, and there is a huge layer of drinking-water deep under the river's gravel bed, available for inexpensive extraction.
Spanning Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia, the lower courses of the Drava and Mura Rivers and related sections of the Danube are among Europe's most ecologically important riverine areas: sometimes called the "Amazon of Europe".
Our Tisza program embodies perfectly how to link nature conservation and social objectives.
The restoration of Liberty-island and its side-branch