Danube:Future is a joint contribution of the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) and the Alps-Adriatic Rectors’ Conference (AARC), thus tapping the largest pool of institutionalized knowledge in the Danube River Basin. Based on this network, interdisciplinary research and education in the DRB will be undertaken. Any path towards a sustainable future of the region has to account for the solution of pressing socio-ecological issues.
Danube:Future was born as a Flagship Project of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). While Danube:Future is a contribution to Priority Area 7, “To develop the knowledge society:research, education and ICT”, it has strong links to other Pillars and Priority Areas.Results will be useful for the restoration and maintenance of the quality of waters, for the management of environmental risks and for the preservation of biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils. Danube:Future is an investment on people and skills, with a particular contribution to culture and tourism.
The main focus areas for intervention in the DRB as identified by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) are well covered by Danube:Future. The long-term and interdisciplinary perspective will support an efficient protection of water resources as well as the reduction of eutrophication and toxic chemical releases by revealing legacies of past activities. Together with flood risk mitigation this will contribute to creating healthy and sustainable river systems.
The triangle of sustainable development illustrates the Grand Challenges of the European Union in and relates them to the challenges at macro-regional level as reflected in the pillars or EUSDR.