Carasuhat Wetlands

Context

Carasuhat Wetland is located in Mahmudia on the Danube Delta, Romania. The Danube Delta has been impacted by anthropogenic activity and agricultural practices.


Nature-based solution

Between 2014 - 2016 Carasuhat Wetland was created by connecting the Danube River to 924 ha of land. This involved dyke breaching and flooding of previously intensely managed land.

The Wetland creation is part of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. The wetland creation aims to:

  • Develop habitats and produce an area with high ecological value

  • Increase fish populations & biodiversity

  • Support sustainable ecotourism activities e.g. birdwatching

  • Reduce flood-risk by creating a large water retention area

  • Nutrient retention

  • Improve access to the Danube Delta


Citizen science acitivites

Local volunteers are helping to co-design activities to monitor changes in the wetland since its creation. It is helped the citizen science activities will start in spring 2020. Current ideas for monitoring include:

  • Water quality using Fresh Water Watch kits

  • Biodiversity

  • Water levels

  • Bank erosion

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824711.

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Photo credits: River Restoration Centre