Drought management is in many aspects still based on “ad hoc” response. Therefore, the main objective of the new project DriDanube is to enhance drought resilience in the Danube region by introducing recently developed monitoring and risk assessment tools. EODC plays a vital role in this project, because data volume (mainly from satellite) and complexity of models have increased significantly. Therefore, a cooperative and interactive User Service will be developed to enable more accurate and efficient drought early warning with infrastructure hosted and operated by EODC. Following a transnational approach, DriDanube will harmonize the currently heterogeneous methodologies for risk and impact assessment. Users’ capacities at different level (policy-makers, professionals, stakeholders) in the management cycle will be strengthened through sharing experiences and project learning interactions. The established near real-time decision-making process (tested on pilot actions) will be the basis for improving the drought management cycle in the region (monitoring–impact assessment–response–recovery–preparedness). Led by the Slovenian Environmental Agency, the project consortium covers partners from 10 European countries neighbouring the Danube river, ranging from Universities to national ministries and national meteorological services. The Austrian partners are Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Environment Agency Austria (UBA), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR).

This project started with January 1st, 2017 and is active until June 30th, 2019The overall total budget of the project is 1.97 M€, with a contribution of 1.43 M€ from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and 0.24 M€ from the Instrument for pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

More information about the project is available at:
http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/dridanube/

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