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The latest international projects have begun in an unusual way

2020. december 07., hétfő 08:11

The latest international projects have begun in an unusual way


Starting from the second half of 2020, several international projects implemented in partnership with the General Directorate of Water Management (GDWM) have begun. International projects traditionally start with a so-called kick-off meeting, but have been moved online due to the epidemiological situation that began in spring. Below you can read about the online conferences held as part of the start-up international projects.

Among the initial projects, the Tid(y) Up project should be highlighted, which will be implemented with support of the Interreg Danube Transnational Program. The main goal of the project is to map the plastic pollution of the Tisza River and its tributaries. The opening event of the project will be held online due to the epidemiological measures, on the 5th of November, 2020 (registration deadline: 3rd of November) as a pre-program of the ÖKOINDUSTRIA professional environmental conference and fair. The event can be followed live after registration, available on the following link.

For the first time in its history, the General Directorate is involved in a project supported by Horizon2020, the EU’s program for research and development. The OPTAIN project involves 22 partner institutions from 15 European countries. It aims to identify technologies in different biogeographical [1] regions of Europe that effectively promote catchment-scale nutrient utilization and retention. The opening event would have been held in Berlin in September this year, however due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the event was held online.

In addition to partnerships, GDWM also participates as a so-called strategic partner (ASP) in several start-up and recently launched projects. Due to the epidemiological measures, these projects also started in the form of online conferences.

The TEACHER-CE project was launched in the spring of 2020 under the leadership of the University of Ljubljana, in which the GDWM participates as a strategic partner of the Central Tisza District Water Directorate (CTDWD). The project is a follow-up to the successful completion of PROLINE-CE last year (a project implemented in partnership with GDWM) and aims to develop a tool to integrate advanced and controlled solutions for climate change adaptation with a view to sustainable long-term strategic visions, which link different policies, sectors and levels of government.

As a strategic partner of CTDWD, GDWM is also involved in the IDES project launched in September this year, which aims to develop a floodplain management plan to improve water quality and ecosystem services.

GDWM is a strategic partner in the DanubeHazard m3c project, which aims to reduce pollution from hazardous substances entering rivers.

The implementation of the projects has not stopped in the current circumstances, all organizations strive to successfully complete the projects within the set timeframe.


Websites of the above listed projects:





DanubeHazard m3c:


Budapest, 2020.10.07.

Prepared by: Norbert Csatári, International Project Coordinator, General Directorate of Water Management

[1] Region defined on the basis of vegetation and climatic characteristics. Six biogeographical regions have been designated within the former 15 EU Member States (Boreal, Continental, Alpine, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Macaronesian). With the accession of Hungary, a new Pannonian region was added to the list of regions, covering the entire territory of Hungary. We find many species and habitat types to be protected, so-called „pannonicum” in the Pannonian biogeographical region, which does not occur in the territory of the former member states. Hungary also had to determine their habitats independently on the basis of professional criteria, by designating Natura 2000 sites.




Translated by: Attila Kádár

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