Five countries, three rivers, one vision

Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia are building bridges instead of making borders with their 5-country Biosphere Reserve. The Michael Succow Foundation was invited to speak about their experiences in Biosphere Reserve management in different parts of the world since more than 25 years at the conference “5-country Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube”.

The Mura-Drava-Danube river system was designated by UNESCO in 2021 as the world’s first 5-country Biospher Rereserve. It represents an international model for transboundary cooperation in conservation and sustainable regional development. From 5th to 8th September Danube Transnational Programme was hosting a 5-country biosphere reserve conference including the final conference of the lifelineMDD project on the Mura River, in the Austrian-Slovenian border area in Bad Radkersburg and Gornja Radgona, for a varied programme with high-level speakers, workshops and excursions.

Kathrin Succow, chair of our foundation board, was participating the panel discussion “Call for action for a living river landscape Mura-Drava-Danube” and deputy chair Prof. Dr. Hannes Knapp spoke about “Biosphere Region – Chance for sustainable future”. The results were reflected in a call for action paper at the end of the two-day conference.