River Modification Projects
Dredging, diking and damming
Planned and ongoing river modification projects include:
EU TEN-T "Corridor No. VII". The EU aims to develop the Danube as a priority transport corridor as part of the Trans-European Network for Transportation. But current plans for developing this transport corridor could destroy up to 1000 km of the Danube's most valuable areas.
Germany: Straubing-Vilshofen. Current plans for building dams to regulate the Danube between Straubing and Vilshofen would have disastrous consequences for this last free-flowing stretch of the river in Germany.
Austria: East of Vienna. Plans to modify the channel for navigation along the Danube Floodplain National Park could have a "domino effect" plans for the entire Danube.
Hungary: Virtually the entire Hungarian stretch of the Danube is to be regulated, threatening a string of valuable nature areas including Ipoly National Park as well as drinking water for millions of people.
Bulgaria-Romania common border . A navigation project along 450 km of river threatens the Lower Danube, one of the most natural stretches of the river, and in Europe.
Romania: Calarasi-Braila. An EU-funded project promises to cut off 90% of migration routes of Danube sturgeon, which are already on the brink of extinction.
Ukraine: Bystroye Canal. The government of Ukraine has already constructed parts of the Bystroye Canal through the heart of the Ukrainian Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, an area of global ecological importance.