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E. Feldbacher, M. Paun, W. Reckendorfer, M. Sidoroff, A. Stanica, B. Strimbu, I. Tusa, V. Vulturescu, T. Hein. Twenty years of research on water management issues in the Danube Macro-region — past developments and future direction. Science of The Total Environment, 1, 2016.

Abstract: The Danube River–Danube Delta–Black Sea (DBS) region has witnessed major political, social and economic changes during the past three decades, which have profoundly affected the riverine, coastal and marine systems, their water management situation and the development of related research programmes. We reviewed the research activities in the DBS system of the past twenty years to determine the main funding bodies and to assess key research areas and how they varied over time and geographic region. As data basis we used a metadatabase filled with 478 projects addressing environmental and water management issues in the Danube River Basin, covering also the Danube Delta and the north-western Black Sea. As overall outcome extensive research efforts in the field of water management could be proven for the past two decades, despite the tumultuous times of political and economic transformations. One of the main findings was that EU funded projects played a key role for the development of transboundary research collaboration and were also the scientifically most productive one's.

Keywords: Danube River; Danube Delta; Black Sea; Research projects; Metadatabase; Meta-analysis; River basin management

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