New project aims to mitigate climate change impact on Danube Delta
A new EU-funded regional project aimed at preparing the Danube Delta for the likely effects of climate change has been launched in Bucharest. The goal of the project is to build a basis for the adaptation of the Ukrainian, Moldovan and Romanian parts of the Danube Delta region to changing climate conditions.
The three-year project, entitled Climate proofing the Danube Delta through integrated land and water management, involves partners in Ukraine (Delta authorities, WWF and Centre for regional studies), Moldova (Ecospectr), and Romania (Delta authorities and WWF), as well as the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. Their mission will be to develop a trans-boundary Danube Delta Climate Change Adaptation Strategy on the basis of a study about possible climate change effects on the Danube Delta.
According to a press release, these effects could include the inflow of salt-water into the Delta because of rising water-levels in the Black Sea, changes in the Danube water flow (hotter summers, wetter winters), hotter average temperatures and migration of species. Counter-measures could include for example the rehabilitation of Delta wetlands, which can clean pollution and even regulate changes in the Danube river level.
The initiative will also help Danube Delta villages reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions by promoting biomass as a heating source instead of fossil fuels. This will also give local businesses the opportunity to generate income from sustainable biomass production, linked to wetlands restoration in pilot localities in the Danube Delta. An awareness raising campaign on climate change adaptation in local communities will also be carried out.
The project is funded under the EU’s thematic programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP), which helps developing countries and partner organisations to address environmental and natural resource management issues. (ENPI Info Centre)