At the same time, however, EU and government plans anticipate diking and dredging up to 1,000 km of the river, including its most valuable natural areas.
Against this background, WWF's efforts focus on:
River basin management: promoting integrated river basin management, largely by participating in the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River and supporting implementation of the EU's innovative Water Framework Directive.
Wetland and floodplain protection and restoration, especially on the Lower Danube and Danube Delta as well as valuable areas on the Tisza, Drava, and Morava tirbutary rivers and sub-basins.
Sustainable navigation: promoting sustainable approaches to navigation and fighting damaging projects that seek to "fit the river to the ships rather than the ships to the river".
Danube sturgeon: pushing for concerted action to return the Danube's giants from the brink of extinction.
Contact: Dr. Orieta Hulea, Conservation Director, WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme