Danube Day 2017 / 2018 in Hungary

Planning is underway for Danube Day 2018. Details will be posted here in the spring.
Read on for a summary of activities in 2017.

Across Hungary, 2000 people got active at events in Barcs, Budapest and Győr in 2017.

The Drava set the stage for a joint Hungary-Croatia day near Barcs. Neighbouring communities shared traditions, boat trips and fish soup; while officials met to discuss flood and sustainable river management. Organised by the South Transdanubian Water Management Directorate for Hungary's General Directorate of Water Management, high-level government, institute, civil society and ICPDR representatives attended, as well as a delegation from India. The event built on the close relationship between the two countries, raising awareness of the need for clean rivers and the value of working together towards a sustainable future.

Flood education was the focus at an international EUSDR workshop in Budapest, part of Hungary's 2017 EUSDR Presidency. The event strengthened the newly formed network of institutions involved with flood protection training and education, as set out in the 2016 basin-wide Flood Risk Management Plan. Held at the University of Public Service, it formed part of Hungary's EUSDR Priority Area 5 (Environmental risks) coordination. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUSDR PA5 and the University's Faculty of Water Science.

Water-themed family fun on Children's Island in Budapest and in the Győr Festival attracted many visitors. Games, hands-on experiments, crafts, quizzes, water tasting and great music helped spread the Danube Day message in both cities. Budapest children took part in the Danube passport game, collecting stamps to win a prize; joined in the national drawing competition; and learned about Danube wildlife and water pollution. Read more about Budapest's event on the OVF National Directorate of Water's website; and for Győr's festival, the Northern TransDanubian Water Directorate website.

Young people also got active for their rivers in the national round of the Danube Art Master contest organised by GWP Hungary, which attracted entries from 39 schools.

Further information

To see how all the countries celebrated in 2017, go to Review 2017. You can also revisit 14 years of Hungarian Danube Day celebrations via the general Review page.

For the latest news, please contact:

Ida Nagyne Sos of the Ministry of Rural Development on +36 1 795 3662;  ida.sos.nagyne@bm.gov.hu.

For Hungary's Danube Art Master contest, contact Attila Kozák of GWP Hungary on +36 1 3711 333; gwpmo@gwpmo.hu.