SMALL GRANTS PROGRAMME
One objective of the Danube Regional Project is to reinforce the participation of NGOs and other interested parties in water management and pollution reduction (nutrients and toxic substances) with particular attention to transboundary cooperation and river basin management.
This can best be achieved through practical measures and the support of community-based activities for rational resources management, transboundary cooperation and pollution control with particular attention to nutrient reduction. Financial support is therefore given to implement community-based demonstration projects in various Danube River Basin countries (Small Grants Program).
During Phase 1 of the Project the Small Grants Programme was designed and prepared and national and regional project were selected (1st call, 58 National and 5 regional projects) within 4 categories; Agriculture (e.g. Promoting eco-farming methods), land-use/wetlands (e.g. restoration of flood plain forest), municipal (e.g. household waste management) and industry (e.g. promoting best available practices). These are now under implementation.