The goal of the project DONAUHANSE is to establish a network of cities, which provides sound solutions to similar problems with the greatest possible benefit for all participating cities and regions along the Danube.

Website of Joint Danube Survey is online

23.10.2013 | EU water policy

The official website of the Joint Danube Survey 3 is online: at you can find information on the survey, public events and updates from the ships. The Joint Danube Survey 3 (JDS3) is the world’s biggest river research expedition of its kind in 2013, the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. JDS3 catalyses international cooperation from all 14 of the main Danube Basin countries and the European Commission, united through the International Commission for the Danube River (ICPDR).

A Joint Danube Survey is carried out only once every six years – JDS1 was in 2001 and JDS2 in 2007. JDS3 was carried out 2013 and you can follow the ships on the news blog.

 The Joint Danube Survey has 3 main objectives:

  • To collect information on parameters not covered in the ongoing monitoring
  • To have data that is readily comparable for the entire river because it comes from a single source
  • To promote the work of the ICPDR and raise awareness for water management

Between 13 August and 26 September, the JDS3 ships travelled 2,375 km downstream the Danube River, through 10 countries, to the Danube Delta. The JDS3 is coordinated by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). An international Core Team of 20 scientists is responsible for sampling, sample processing, on-board analyses and all survey activities.

The survey is coordinated by the International Commission for the Danube River (ICPDR) with its headquarter in Vienna. All countries along the Danube from Germany to the Ukraine are participating in the implementation. For Austria, the Ministry of Life, is involved in a scientific, financial and organizational way.

This website is the intersection of all communication efforts related to the Joint Danube Survey - your starting point for connecting with the expedition. Visit to find out more!

Contact to the ICPDR Secretariat
Vienna International Centre, Room D0412
Wagramer Strasse 5, A-1220 Vienna, Austria
E-Mail: icpdr(at)
Telephone: +431 260 60 5738
Fax: +431 260 60 5895