Danube Delta Wildlife Reserve, Ukraine
The Danube Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe. It falls within Pannonian steppe ecosystem of eastern Europe, with Mediterranean influences. As a young region in full process of consolidation, the Danube Delta represents a very favourable place for the development of highly diverse flora and fauna, unique in Europe, with numerous rare species.
The Danube Delta is a low alluvial plain, mostly covered by wetlands and water. It consists of an intricate pattern of marshes, channels, streamlets and lakes. The average altitude is 0.52 m, with 20% of the territory below sea level, and more than half not exceeding one meter in altitude.
The Danube Delta is a remarkable wetland area feature constituting critical habitat for migratory birds and other animals. It is the major remaining wetland on the flyway between central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean and Middle East and Africa.
Taking into consideration that visiting natural sites, bird-watching and ecological education have become a popular type of tourism in many European countries, this is also becoming more popular in Ukraine. Ecotourism is seen as a step to achieve sustainable development at the local level through promoting nature-based activities, conservation and raising public awareness of value of wetlands.
The True Nature Foundation is developing innovative projects including reserves, ecological restoration, reintroduction of large grazers and ecotourism in the Danube Delta, together with local and international partners.
Project Status Update (August 2016):
The program coordinator is currently arranging animal relocations and project activities with the directly concerned parties. TNF will post further project details and maps on our website when that process is concluded.
- Project type: Ecological restoration, rural development
- Location: Danube Delta
- Country: Ukraine, Romania