The Danube River Delta is home to a rich and diverse range of species and ecosystems. Its ongoing protection is vital to the health of European biodiversity, particularly at-risk species like the Danube sturgeon and the White-tailed Eagle, the largest Eagle in Europe.
The European Commission adopted its Biodiversity Strategy 2020, committing to stop the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020. The strategy is a crucial pillar to the EU’s efforts to preserve and conserve Europe’s natural environment and endangered species over the next decade.
For 150 years the river has been an important trade channel, first linking Europe’s markets with markets in the Ottoman empire and the Middle East. As many European countries emerge from recession today, it is clear that the river still serves important economic interests.
The film visits some European Union-backed projects in the upper stretch of the Danube that are helping to restore the river’s natural banks and natural flow after 19th century navigation works. The film also tackles some key questions about the balance of trade and renewable energies, for example: how do we strike a balance between these seemingly contradictory forces?