International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)


The Danube River is the catchment area of the second largest river in Europe and covers 817,000km2 in 18 different countries. This makes it the world’s most international river basin.

The Danube river Protection Convention was developed in response to this realization and came into force in 1998. Today, 13 Danube River Basin countries use it as the legal basis for their efforts geared towards the protection and sustainable use of water and other ecological resources. In addition to the European Union, parties to the Convention include: Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina (ratification process under way), Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River Basin (ICPDR) was created to make the Danube River Protection Convention a living tool. Since its establishment, the ICPDR has grown into one of the largest and most active international bodies of river basin management experts in Europe. Its ambitious mission is to promote and coordinate sustainable and equitable water management, including conservation, improvement and rational use of water for the benefits of the Danube River Basin countries and their people.