The Fortuna -Danube Delta
The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority had the aim with the Fortuna Wetland Restoration Project of connecting agricultural polder Fortuna (2,115 ha), Romania, to the Danube regime, restoration of hydrological regime and hydrological functions.
Bogdan Barbu, RECImola Koszta, REC
NWRM(s) implemented in the case study
warm temperate dry
Mean rainfall unit
Case Study Info
Light or indepth?
former polder for agro-forestry
Monitoring impacts effects
Design & implementations
Area subject to Land use change or Management/Practice change (ha)
The villagers in Gorgova have strongly opposed the measure of closing channels leading to the Lake Fortuna, because it makes access by boat more difficult for them.
Lessons, risks, implications...
The epxeriences learned in the project emphasize the importance of securing the support of local communities for conservation programs . Also self sustainability of the restored area is a very important factor.
From a local benefits perspective, villagers in Gorgova have strongly opposed the measure of closing channels leading to the Lake Fortuna, because it makes access by boat more difficult from them.
Lacking coordination between authorities
Land "ownership" (too many administrators); legal framework; lack of money; lack of coordination (national level); lack of vision; lack of co-operation.
Attitude of decision makers
Restored area not self sustaining;
Policy, general governance and design targets
1. Protect and maintain population of species and habitats with ecological values. 2. Carry out restoration works where natural and seminatural character has been lost. 3. Manage water circulation in order to improve the ecological conditions. 4. Assess the effectiveness of existing buffer zones and if necessary recommend modifications.
Part of wider plan
Increase Water Storage
Oher Societal Benefits
Policy wider plan
Wider plan type
Wider plan focus
Environment & Biodiversity
The Rehabilitation Programme
Wetland Restoration Projects
Direct benefits information
Fish yield; Reed harvest; Tourism; Cattle.
Ancillary benefits information
Costs investment information
Costs operation maintenance
Costs total information
Ecosystem improved biodiversity
Information on Ecosystem improved biodiversity
- Habitat for plants and animals typical alluvial areas; - Habitat and breeding area for fish and aquatic birds; - Reservoir for biodiversity and providing genetic resources; - Biocoridor and genetic exchange;
Ecosystem impact climate regulation
No information available
Information on retained water
Information on increased water storage
Information on runoff reduction
Ecosystem erosion control
Water quality overall improvements
Positive impact-WQ improvement
Information on Water quality overall improvements
Retention of sediments and pollutions; Black Sea biofilter.
Soil quality overall soil improvements
Positive impact-SQ improvement
Information on Soil quality overall soil improvements
Organic production; Biogeochemical circuit elements