Green Infrastructure for Europe: The Mura-Drava-Danube – “Europe’s Amazon” | WWF

Green Infrastructure for Europe: The Mura-Drava-Danube – “Europe’s Amazon”

Posted on
04 May 2015
In contrast to most “grey” infrastructure such as motorways, bridges, water and sewage treatment plants, “green” infrastructure provides multiple benefits: wetland areas for example help mediate floods and droughts, purify water, provide vital nurseries for fish and habitats for other animals, but also are areas for rest and recreation.

Recognising these benefits, the EU and member states have recognized Green Infrastructure as an important tool for conserving biodiversity as well as for regional development, water management and adapting to climate change.

Spanning Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia, the lower courses of the Drava and Mura Rivers and related sections of the Danube are among Europe’s most ecologically important riverine areas: the so-called “Amazon of Europe”.
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