International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) is a transnational body, which has been established to implement the Danube River Protection Convention. The ICPDR is officially formed by the Delegations of all Contracting Parties to the Danube River Protection Convention but it also provides a framework for other organizations to join.
In 2000, the ICPDR contracting parties declared ICPDR the platform for the implementation of all transboundary aspects of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The successful implementation of the EU WFD requires an intensive political commitment of the countries of the Danube river basin district. Today, national delegates, high-level ministerial representatives, technical experts and members of the civil society and the scientific community cooperate in the ICPDR to ensure the sustainable and equitable use of waters in the Danube River Basin.
Since its creation in 1998, the ICPDR has promoted policy agreements and the setting of joint priorities and strategies for improving the state of the Danube and its tributaries.
This includes improving the tools used to manage environmental issues in the Danube basin, such as
- the Accident Emergency Warning System,
- the Trans-National Monitoring Network for water quality, and
- the information system for the Danube (Danubis).
The goals of the ICPDR are:
- Safeguarding the Danube’s Water resources for future generation
- Naturally balanced waters free from excess nutrients
- No more risk from toxic chemicals
- Healthy and sustainable river systems
- Damage-free floods
The different bodies of the ICPDR are:
- Ordinary Meeting Group: taking the political decisions
- Standing Working Group: providing political guidance
- Technical Expert Groups: preparing the technical background documents
The work of the ICPDR is supported by a Secretariat located in Vienna, Austria.