The official kick-off for JDS4 took place in Budapest this year, opening the Danube-wide survey with an afternoon press conference held in the heart of the Hungarian capital, in the presence of the deputy mayor of Budapest, the Hungarian State Secretary for the Interior, and others.
JDS4 Launch Event
27th June 2019, Margitsziget / Margaret Island, Budapest
Margitsziget (Margaret island)
NB: Transport will be provided from:
Hotel Aquincum, Árpád fejedelem útja 94., H-1036 Budapest
Shuttle departure: 14:00pm – 16:00pm
Ida Nagyné Sós
JDS4 launched in Austria on 10th July 2019 in two different locations along the Danube: the sampling stations in Wolfsthal and Hainburg. The latter is a key location for the 2019 action for sampling Macrozoobenthos, and will see a demonstration of the sampling procedure along with various discussions and talks from JDS4 experts in Phytobenthos, Phytoplankton and Zooplankton.
Wednesday 10th June 2019
- 10:00 am: Visit to the online sampling station at Wolfsthal;
- Explanation and discussion with Dr. Schuster, the individual responsible for the station; duration appx. 1h
- 11:00 am: Walk from online station to sampling site
- 11:30 am: Visit to the Austrian Macrozoobenthos sampling action taking place at the site in Hainburg
- Demonstration of equipment, sampling procedure, and Q&A.
- Experts for Phytobenthos, Phytoplankton and Zooplankton will also be in attendance for further discussion about JDS4.
On 20th June 2019, the Open Door Day of the Water Research Institute in Prague was held from 9:00- 17:00. This event kicked off JDS4 in the Czech Republic, and included a lecture and Q&A session about JDS4, as well as some takeaway materials available to any and all interested members of the public.
In 2019, the launch of JDS4 in Ukraine went hand in hand with the launch of Danube Day, taking place on 29th of June in Kiliya, on the Danube Delta.
Public activities included:
- Joint sampling of Danube water for non-target chemical screening, ecological DNA and microplastic and on-job training for Ukrainian water managers;
- A press conference on the new WFD-compliant surface water monitoring system in Ukraine (featuring members of the JDS4 expert team, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Agency of Water Resources, EU Delegation to Ukraine, EUWI+ project, EMBLAS-Plus project and others);
- Joint celebrations with the Danube Day and Danube Herring Festivals! This is due to include a presentation of the Danube Passport, Danube Art Master, and a traditional fish soup tasting.
Water managers at national and regional level presented and answered questions in Kiliya, regarding new national WFD-compliant system of surface water monitoring, which entered in force from 2019. Experts from the Dnipro basin within the framework of the EU's Water Initiative project shared the information on the status of the Dnipro RBMP preparation. The connection of the JDS4 and Joint Black Sea surveys was also highlighted, the latter due to also take place in 2019, within the framework of the EU / UNDP project, “Improving Environmental Monitoring of the Black Sea: selected measures” (EMBLAS-Plus).
Speakers at the event included:
- Mykola Kuzyo – Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine
- Iryna Ovcharenko – Head of State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine
- Johannes Baur – First Counsellor, Head of Operations Section, Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment, Delegation of European Union to Ukraine
- Yunona Videnina – thematic communication leader EUWI+
- Jaroslav Slobodnik – coordinator of Joint Danube Surveys 4 and Joint Black Sea surveys
Special thanks from the Ukrainian JDS4 team to their partners:
- EU project “Water Initiative+”;
- State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine;
- EU/ UNDP project “Improving Environmental Monitoring in the Black Sea” (EMBLAS-Plus);
- Kiliya local authorities.
This year, Bavarians also celebrated JDS4 in conjunction with Danube Day (29th June), and notably in close partnership with their Austrian neighbours. The festivities took place at the “Haus am Strom” in Untergriesbach – very near to the Austro-German border in Jochenstein (a short journey from Passau).
For JDS4, Romania presented the following activities:
- An article about JDS4 published in a special edition of the magazine "Hidrotehnica" also dedicated to the Danube Day 2019;
- Danube Day celebrations on 20 June, also be an opportunity to showcase JDS4.
In terms of press coverage:
- On 27th June the Romanian Ministry of Waters and Forests published a press release released on national media channels presenting JDS4 to the general public;
- Another press information circulated around the 20 July;
- On 26th August, a special press release is due to cover the first results of the microplastics analysis from the Giurgiu sampling area;
- On 15 September, an additional press release on national media channels will cover the 5 months (April-September) special monitoring of microplastics carried our in the Galați section.
In Slovakia, JDS4 is launched – along with Danube Day 2019's Celebration – with an event taking place on 22nd June 2019, at the Gabčíkovo Water Dam.
- Researchers participating in the JDS4 project were present and give information about the JDS event to members of the public.
- JDS4 was further promoted on 27th June within the Danube Day 2019 celebrations organized by the Ministry of Environment SR (promotion on ships during cruises on the Danube).
- The story of the Joint Danube Survey was covered in the press, along with a short summary published in the journal for water managers: “Vodohospodársky spravodajca”.