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15-16 March 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Danube region that connects 19 countries with over 80 million people altogether is frequently hit with water scarcity and droughts which have had large impacts on the economy and welfare of the people. Despite damages in last decades, drought is still not considered as an issue of high priority and people are not aware of its impacts.

DriDanube (Drought risk in the Danube region) project has started on 1 January 2017 as a transnational cooperation initiative of 10 countries from the Danube region (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Serbia) under the leadership of the Slovenian Environmental Agency (ARSO). The project’s main objective is to increase the capacity of the Danube region to manage drought related risks. It aims at helping all stakeholders involved in drought management become more efficient during drought emergency response and prepare better for the next drought.

The first Project meeting and the Kick-off Conference were held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 15th and 16th March 2017. It brought together almost 90 participants such as project partners, representatives of the Ministries, water authorities, Universities, EU Strategy for the Danube Region and Joint Research Centre of the EC. The conference at the very beginning of the project implementation offered a lot of valuable information on where we currently stand in drought management, what similar/complementary initiatives are already out there that we can capitalize on and what are the biggest challenges ahead of us.

You can read more about the DriDanube project and its objectives here.