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Green Infrastructure for Europe: The Lower Danube Green Corridor

Posted on
05 May 2015

Europe is densely populated, with much of its land intensively used and fragmented. As a result, the continent has lost many habitats and ecosystems, and with them a host of valuable ecosystem goods and services.

The idea of “green infrastructure” is to reconnect and restore nature areas in order to improve the overall quality of the countryside and urban areas while delivering valuable services to society like fresh water, clean air, healthy soil, flood control, fish and fowl.

The Danube serves as an important migration corridor for fish, fowl and other fauna, including the massive Beluga sturgeon, which spends most of its 100 year lifespan in the Black Sea but makes regular trips up the Danube to spawn. The Lower Danube and Danube Delta are especially important as breeding and resting places for some 331 species of birds, including the rare Dalmatian pelican, the White-tailed eagle, as well as 90% of the world’s population of Red-breasted geese.
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