Danube Campaign

Living river -- or transport canal?

Old-fashioned river engineering projects put forward by national governments and supported by the European Union could transform our living Danube into little more than a shipping canal.

Over 1,000 km of the Danube could be artificially deepened, regulated, or dammed
, destroying many of Europe’s last great river landscapes and wetlands, including the myriad of benefits and services they provide, from drinking water to fish, tourism and recreation. 

Transportation is one important use of our river – but not the only one. We want a living river, not just a canal. Fit the ships to the river, not the river to the ships!

 / ©: WWF-DCP
The Danube: living river or transport canal? Green = areas of high ecological value; Red = EU priority sections ("bottlenecks") for inland navigation (TEN-T); Brown = other navigation projects (supported e.g. by EU ISPA programme and by Ukrainian Government).
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