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Gornje Podunavlje Special Nature Reserve (Serbia)
Together with the Public Enterprise for Forest Management, Vojvodinasume, the team in Serbia coordinated the large-scale clearing of ponds from invasive vegetation to restore the water storage and recharge capacity. With nature park rangers, the team also monitored species such as the white-tailed eagle, the largest concentration in Serbia was found in Gornje Podunavlje, and the black stork and black kite.
Kopacki Rit Nature Park (Croatia)
Across the Danube in Croatia, the team worked with park authorities to restore and reconnect former fishponds to the river, helping increase the area’s flood resilience and allowing for conservation aquaculture and tourism. And, as part of a raising awareness effort, the partnership connected with communities across the region through the Coca-Cola and WWF 2011-2013 Water Tour. The educational and informative mobile exhibit included stops in Hungary, Bulgaria Romania, Ukraine and Slovenia.
Launch of 7-year partnership through 2020
With a generous grant of $4.4 million of initial funding from The Coca-Cola Foundation through 2020, work along the Danube continues. With a target to leverage more local and European funds, the partners aim to replenish and/or restore 12 million m³ of water, which is equivalent to the volume of 4,800 Olympic-sized swimming pools or the monthly consumption of the city of Vienna. Partners plan to restore more than 53 km2 of wetland and floodplain areas and to reach over 5 million people with a message on the importance of wetlands and good water stewardship.
For more information on the progress being made in the region, please visit our Danube+ website.