Europe’s second longest river, the Danube, originates in the Black forest area of Germany. From here it flows eastwards through central Europe before emptying into the back sea at the Danube delta in Romania. The drainage basin is the most international in the world as it touches 19 counties.
Dedicated effort is needed to manage this strategic system. The river is a major transportation route especially because of the Europa-Kanal (completed 1992) which links it to the Rhine River, enabling transport from the Back Sea to the North Sea. The river delta is an important habitat for wildlife and fisheries and have been designated a Ramsar wetlands site and a UNESCO world heritage site.