Ecology and Sustainability of the Danube Basin

Ecology and Sustainability of the Danube Basin

It is evident that the population density along the river and in the Basin poses a pressure on water sanitation, mining practices are affecting aquifer pollution, and the spread of soil pollution from agricultural uses will have an important long-term implication on land cultivation and food availability.

In considering different scenarios on the future evolution of main driving forces and pressures affecting the ecology of the Danube Basin, it is best to implement some strict preventative measures. Classifying them from an ecological, versus navigational, versus economic point of view, it is important to develop a comprehensive and cohesive strategy.

The past few extreme weather occurrences have shown that natural disasters are usually not contained within geo-political frontiers, therefore it is more efficient to have a full regional relief program in place and prepared to tackle on relief efforts. Management plans include communication, cooperation, aid and financial allocation, with a goal to overcome local or nation-specific incapacities and shortcomings.

Steps and solutions include improved navigation, fluvial dynamics, and the river-floodplain connectivity, in order to better manage traffic and the resulting pollution from idling. It is evident that these initiatives are long-term, but they are also the most sustainable, and the most fault-proof.

It is more prudent, in the long term, to adopt mitigation and preventative measures that will reduce the impacts of hazards and tackle the emergency situations more effectively and more successfully. Planning ahead for response measures, how to allocate financial and human resources to help affected regions recover promptly and without added difficulty.

Managing the river sustainably can help stabilize the rate of use and protection.

Watch this space for more reviews and proposed innovative solutions for achieving sustainability.