The Living Danube Tour is stopping at Budapest
Visitors to the Living Danube Tour will be able to test their knowledge on rivers and wetlands at the life-size board game. Kids will have the opportunity to create an origami fish or take a photo as if they were an otter or a beaver. Together with their parents children can try to solve the giant cube puzzle.
The Living Danube Tour aims to raise awareness of wetland conservation and restoration. It is part of the new, seven-year partnership of WWF and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) to restore vital wetlands and floodplains along the Danube River.
In June/July 2014 the Living Danube Tour visited five cities in Serbia and Croatia. Next spring it will go to Bulgaria and Romania, before returning to Hungary and Croatia for the summer. In total more than 25 locations in the Green Heart of Europe region will be visited by the WWF team.
The Danube, which is the European Union’s longest river, has seen 80% of its floodplains and wetlands disappear over the past 150 years. Damage to the river has mainly been caused by diking, dredging and damming, which has taken place for a number of reasons including the need for hydroelectric power, shipping and to keep floodwaters at bay.
The effects have been wide-ranging and include plummeting fish and wildlife populations, decreases in water quality and damage to wetlands, which are no longer able to provide much needed biodiversity hotspots or to act as buffers to floodwaters.