Preparatory phase for the Pan-European research infrastructure DANUBIUS–RI “The international centre for advanced studies on river-sea systems

  • Research & Development
  • 4.000.000 project budget
  • Dec 2016 - Nov 2019
  • Partners: Geoecomar (Lead)
  • Donor: European Commission - Research Executive Agency
  • Donor Programme: Research Programme of the European Commission as of 2014
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Eastern Europe and Central Asia

DANUBIUS-PP is a three-year project to raise DANUBIUS-RI (International Centre for Advanced Studies on River-Sea Systems) to the legal, financial and technical maturity required for successful implementation and development. DANUBIUSRI is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure (RI) building on existing expertise to support interdisciplinary research on river-sea (RS) systems, spanning the environmental, social and economic sciences. It will provide access to a range of RS systems, facilities and expertise, a ‘one-stop shop’ for knowledge exchange, access to harmonised data, and a platform for interdisciplinary research, education and training. DANUBIUS-PP will bring together key stakeholders at different levels, and strengthen the consortium through a process of wide engagement. Individual work packages will refine, inter alia, the scientific and innovation agenda, the legal framework, governance and management, and policies for access and data management. The financial requirements of the RI will be refined to assist funding agencies as they consider future spending priorities. Key deliverables of DANUBIUS-PP include development of the legal and financial agreements for the components of the RI (including Hub, Nodes and Supersites), their governance, and internal organisation which will be confirmed via a Memorandum of Understanding. This preparatory phase project will develop the structures and processes to ensure that the RI strengthens scientific performance by providing a sustainable basis for future operation, delivering key services to the different user communities. The main involvement of UNESCO-IHE in DANUBIUS will be to contribute to capacity building through trainings on topics related to excellence in research related to aquatic environment. Trainings will be attended by target groups involved in DANUBIUS. Main areas that training courses will address are: restoration of damaged ecosystems in deltas and floodplains, improvement of the environmental conditions and the reduction of human impact, sustainable utilisation of natural resources (fish, reeds, grasslands, game and tourism), spatial planning and development of human settlements and harmonisation of economic, social and ecological interests, development of informational systems and its usage for decision support systems in management of water resources.

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