Creek Rákos

Context

Creek Rákos, a tributary of the river Danube, is heavily modified within Budapest, while outside Budapest only smaller urban sections are modified. Over the last few years, water quality has improved as the upstream sewage treatment facilities were modernized, but elevated pollutant load and river conditions remain, impacting ecosystem services.


Nature-based solution

The revitalization plans of Creek Rákos aim to improve the connectivity of the river, wetlands and groundwater, to increase water retention and biodiversity in both the urbanized watershed and along the valley.


Citizen science acitivites

Citizens will be involved in the co-design of monitoring of environmental quality to develop a baseline before revitalization activities. The citizen science activities also aim to raise awareness of the river system and the benefits it has to offer. Citizen science activities are planned to start in spring 2020 and current ideas for monitoring include:

  • Bioblitz surveys

  • Freshwater Watch

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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MICS, 2019-2021
Photo credits: River Restoration Centre