University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca

PNII PCCA 61/2012 UEFISCDI Ministry of National Education

General description

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 The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (44° 25'-45° 28'N, 29° 42'-28° 45'E) is a World Heritage Site located in Romania along the Ukraine border. The delta is mainly a freshwater zone of discharge to the Black Sea, and contains areas of marsh, riparian upland and reedbeds.

An area of 500,000 ha including all previous designations was declared a biosphere reserve under National Decree No. 983 with supporting Articles 5, and 6 on 27 August 1990. This area was further enlarged in early 1991 to cover 547,000 ha and was also declared a national biosphere reserve. The latest legislation gives patrimony of the biosphere reserve to the Delta Authority. Danube Delta was designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1991, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991 and internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1992.

The Danube Delta constitutes the largest continuous marshland in Europe, which includes the greatest extent of reedbeds in the world. Over 300 bird species have been recorded, of which over 176 species breed. The Delta is also very important for its fish, with 45 freshwater species present including threatened representatives of the Acipensenidae.

Project team

Project Coordinator (CO) - University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca

Partner 1 (P1) -  Environmental Health Center (EHC) Cluj-Napoca

Partner 2 (P2)  -  Romanian Ornithological Center  (COR)


The DeltaBioTox project includes partners that will bring together leading infectionists/epidemiologists (CO), environmental health experts (P1) and ecologists-ornithologists (P2). Their common aim is to define the health status of the environment from microbial and heavy metal poisoning view, with regard to the environmental impact and animal welfare and achieve a model based integration of this presumably highly heterogeneous landscape into the parameters of a common European ecosystem.