Danube Day 2018 / 2019 in Slovenia

Planning is underway for Danube Day 2019. Details will be posted here in June. Read on for a summary of activities in 2018.

Festivities encouraged an impressive 11,000 people to take action for a sustainable future in 2018.

At the Bled Water Festival, expert panels and participants from 8 countries tackled barriers to sustainable water management. Children were awarded prizes for innovative environmental projects, with winners going onto the international stage of the competition involving schools from across the EU and Balkans. Prizes were also awarded to this year's Danube Art Master winners, as part of a wider video competition that offered exciting prizes including computer notebooks and tablets. Creators of the best entries go on to the international Danube Art Master final later in the year. The Festival was organised by the Ministry of Environment, with Global Water Partnership, and in cooperation with ministries from Croatia and Serbia. See the BWF website for more news.

Young people were also active at the four-country Sava Youth Parliament in Bohinj. 60 children and teachers from 8 schools debated sustainable tourism for a shared Sava. Conclusions, including a proposal to develop a Sava River Festival, were presented to high-level officials at the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin in Bled. Read about their proposals on the website of the parliament organisers, the International Sava River Basin Commission, and on the Ministry of the Environment website.

The Environment Ministry also organised the annual Moja reka -My river contest for young people. This year's focus was rubbish clearance, with volunteers clearing a mighty 80 tonnes of waste from riversides!

Further information

To see how all the countries celebrated in 2018, go to Review 2018. You can also revisit 15 years of Slovenia's Danube Day via the general Review page.

For up-to-the-minute information, please contact:

Barbara Poto─Źnik (barbara.potocnik@gov.si) or Aleš Bizjak (ales.bizjak@gov.si) of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning on +386 1 478 7000.

Danube Art Master: Martina Zupan of GWP Slovenia on +386 1 4273 245; Mobile: +386 40 316 064; martina.zupan@siol.net. Also check out the Danube Art Master on facebook.