SaveGREEN project is set to work on the critical theme of ecological corridors in the Carpathian and further mountain ranges of the Danube region.

Currently, eco-corridors are threatened by the lack of adequate planning of economic development initiatives. Linear transport infrastructure, urban development, intensive agricultural, forestry, and water management practices can interrupt ecological corridors, cause traffic-deaths, and lower the reproductive success of key species and the effectiveness of ecosystem services we all depend on.

Therefore, building on the key results of previous Interreg Danube Transnational Programme projects — i.e. TRANSGREEN, ConnectGREEN and HARMON — the SaveGREEN project will identify, collect, and promote the best solutions for safeguarding ecological corridors — including monitoring the impact of mitigation measures. Thus, basing its work on integrated planning, it will help derive proper recommendations for follow-up actions and policy design.

Pilot Areas

  1. Kobernausser forest, Austria
  2. Pöttsching, Austria
  3. Beskydy-Kysuce, Czech-Slovak cross-border area
  4. Novohrad-Nógrád, Slovak-Hungarian cross-border area
  5. Zakarpattia region, Ukraine
  6. Mureş valley, Arad — Deva, Romania
  7. Mureş valley, Târgu Mureş — Târgu Neamţ, Romania
  8. Rila — Verila — Kraishte corridor, Bulgaria PDF file


Expected results

Local cross-sectoral operational plans developed with stakeholder groups — for at least seven locations across seven countries in the Danube region — will present innovative and integrated solutions for increasing ecological functionality in the respective areas.

The developed monitoring method applied in the pilot areas will create knowledge and lessons learnt for the improvement of the management of crossing structures and their surrounding land use.

The participatory approach for development will create ownership by those who have the power to implement the plans. Moreover, stakeholder groups in the pilot areas will benefit from the uptake of learnings from other pilot areas with complementary foci (e.g. agriculture, forestry, water management) and results of the ConnectGREEN and TRANSGREEN projects at the transnational level.

At the policy level, the new national programmes for the disbursement of EU funds will include financial allocations for environmental measures.

Examples from Northern Europe

Experience in monitoring the functionality of wildlife crossings in Finland PDF file
Good practices in planning wildlife crossings PDF file

Project overview

Title: Safeguarding the functionality of transnationally important ecological corridors in the Danube basin
Acronym: SaveGREEN
Duration: 1 July 2020 – 31 December 2022
Budget: €2 756 617.57
Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF) |


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