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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Case 17 - Adaptive management plan for Lower Danube River, Romania

Please read the OpenNESS case study booklet 'Ecosystem services in operation' for the final outcomes of the cases. More detailed information about the cases and the tools and methods used can be found on Oppla: www.oppla.eu

The area is a regional complex system which includes the Danube River stretch, floodplains, the coastal and inland delta and lagoons (~11.000 km2). This complex includes the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and the Small Island of Braila Natural Park.

The aim of the case study is to enhance effectiveness of the integrated and adaptive management planning and implementation in the Lower Danube River watershed by mainstreaming the improved understanding and operational tools regarding the concepts of Natural Capital (NC) and Ecosystem Services (ES).

OpenNESS researchers will work together with local stakeholders for adapting the current management plan of the Lower Danube River in order to allow for balancing among different sectoral objectives (e.g. inland navigation, hydropower production, food production, water quality, flood protection, biodiversity conservation and restoration of biophysical structure and multi-functionality of NC). 

 Stakeholders’ participation in the development and implementation of integrated and adaptive management plans, including building and assessment of alternative scenarios, will be significantly improved by informing and incorporating in the process the concepts of NC and ES.

The case study leader, Prof. Angheluta Vadineanu, and his team from the University of Bucharest, Romania, will work closely with key local and regional stakeholders (e.g. tourism operators, waterway transport operators, fishermen, farmers, managers of protected areas, managers of water resources).