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A river does not end at its bank. The Danube and its tributaries form very many diverse riverine habitats, including intricate networks of waterbodies, creeks and channels, floodplain forests, water meadows, lakes, gravel islands, sandy banks and the unique delta habitats by the shores of the Black Sea.

The Danube River Basin hosts a variety of fascinating, diverse and dynamic ecological territories with many unique plants and animals. The habitats created by the Danube and its tributaries house a mix of wildlife, with about 2,000 vascular plants and more than 5,000 animal species. These include:

  • fast flowing mountain streams
  • wide and slowly flowing lowland rivers
  • large sand and garvel banks
  • wetlands and floodplains
  • wet meadows
  • oxbows
  • small and large lakes
  • the dynamic Danube Delta

This ecological diversity makes the Danube, its small and large tributaries as well as its lakes unique and poses an special responsibility when managing the water.


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Last Edit: 2009-07-29