Keep Danube Clean 2017-06-26T05:38:39+00:00

Keep Danube Clean

PROJECT TOUR DATES: June 29th – July 29th, 2017

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

“KEEP DANUBE CLEAN!” BIKE TOUR is an internationally attended project, an educational caravan on two wheels along the Danube, starting from its origin up to where it flows into the Black Sea, at Sulina, over a 3,000-kilometer long trail. The route is Donaueschingen, Germany – Sulina, Romania, by way of Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldavia and Ukraine.

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Why do we do it?

The project is aimed at discovering what needs to be done to reduce the pollution of the river with the most multinational drainage basin in the world, one that spans an impressive 19 countries. We are also looking to encourage ecological education and environmental protection activities in the Danube region, as well as in its drainage basin. Additionally, we are trying to raise awareness about pollution affecting Europe’s rivers and especially the Danube, which claims over 30 of Europe’s major rivers as its tributaries.

How do we do it?

Participants will use bicycles to cover some 3000 kilometres over a period of 30 days. We aim to organise meetings with environmental groups and local authorities in the main cities that we’ll be passing through (Donaueschingen – this is where the river becomes the Danube, Ulm, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Vienna, Bratislava, Gyor, Budapest, Vukovar, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Orsova, Calafat, Vidin, Turnu Magurele, Giurgiu, Ruse, Braila, Galati, Sulina and others) to find out about local pollution issues concerning the Danube and other rivers, and possible solutions to those issues. The message we send will be “Keep the Danube clean!”

Get involved!

We encourage local organisations and their supporters to join us on this tour for whatever distance they see fit and to organise local events (speeches, workshops, cleanup actions, presentations, educational booths) all focused on sustainability and environmental protection. This stems from our core message, but also from the fact that we’re promoting mobility through using bicycles for the tour.

 

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Check the list of the cities we will pass through during the 30 days tour and join us!

Let us know you are interested: KeepDanubeClean@ecostuff.ro

KEEP DANUBE CLEAN Bike Route

         
Monday Monday, June 26, 2017 departure from Timisoara to Donaueschingen
Tuesday Tuesday, June 27, 2017 arrival in Donaueschingen  
         
Thursday Thursday, June 29, 2017 Donaueschingen GERMANIA  
Thursday Thursday, June 29, 2017 Ulm GERMANIA  
Friday Friday, June 30, 2017 Ingolstadt GERMANIA  
Saturday Saturday, July 01, 2017 Regensburg GERMANIA  
Sunday Sunday, July 02, 2017 Passau GERMANIA  
Monday Monday, July 03, 2017 Linz AUSTRIA  
Tuesday Tuesday, July 04, 2017 Krems an der Donau AUSTRIA  
Wednesday Wednesday, July 05, 2017 Wien AUSTRIA  
Thursday Thursday, July 06, 2017 Wien AUSTRIA  
Friday Friday, July 07, 2017 Bratislava SLOVACIA  
Saturday Saturday, July 08, 2017 Bratislava SLOVACIA  
Sunday Sunday, July 09, 2017 Gyor UNGARIA  
Monday Monday, July 10, 2017 Budapesta UNGARIA  
Tuesday Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Budapesta UNGARIA  
Wednesday Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Baja UNGARIA  
Thursday Thursday, July 13, 2017 Osijek CROATIA  
Friday Friday, July 14, 2017 Novi Sad SERBIA  
Saturday Saturday, July 15, 2017 Belgrad SERBIA  
Sunday Sunday, July 16, 2017 Belgrad SERBIA  
Monday Monday, July 17, 2017 Bazias ROMANIA  
Tuesday Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Orsova ROMANIA  
Wednesday Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Orsova ROMANIA  
Thursday Thursday, July 20, 2017 Vidin BULGARIA  
Friday Friday, July 21, 2017 Kozloduy BULGARIA  
Saturday Saturday, July 22, 2017 Turnu Magurele ROMANIA  
Sunday Sunday, July 23, 2017 Giurgiu/Ruse ROMANIA  
Monday Monday, July 24, 2017 Silistra BULGARIA  
Tuesday Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Cernavoda ROMANIA  
Wednesday Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Braila ROMANIA  
Thursday Thursday, July 27, 2017 Izmail UKRAINA  
Friday Friday, July 28, 2017 Tulcea ROMANIA  
Saturday Saturday, July 29, 2017 Sulina ROMANIA  

THE REASONS BEHIND THE “KEEP DANUBE CLEAN” PROJECT

What do we need to do to reduce pollution in the river with the most multinational drainage basin in the world – 19 countries, in the Danube Delta (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and in the Black Sea, into which the Danube flows?

This is the main question we aim to answer over the course of the tour’s 30 days, most importantly by finding viable solutions.
There are a large number of pollutants, each with devastating effects on both the fauna and flora living in the Danube, as well as the people living near it.

agriculture water pollution

Nutrients, fertilisers and herbicides used in agriculture, as well as most of the animal waste and residue from farms and meat processing plants, make their way into groundwater or are spilled directly into lakes and rivers.

illegal dumping tributary

The lack of functional waste management systems, mainly in rural areas, lead to countless illegal garbage dumps in or near streams and river beds. That garbage is later washed downstream with each rain or flood.

Stormwater pollution

Rain and snow pick up oil residue, lead from fuel emissions, particles coming from tire abrasion and brake pad usage, etc. A decreased capacity for processing rainwater in many cities often leads to a complete bypass of sewage treatment plants, meaning rainwater is spilled directly into rivers and lakes.

These photos were taken at Bazias, Romania, right where Danube enters Romania

This is some trash that Danube gathered along its journey through Europe