DUNA-DANUBE-DONAU

 
A JDS expedíció vezérhajója a "Széchenyi"
 

Elindult a Joint Danube Survey, egyúttal a Duna menti Rotary Clubok demonstráció sorozata, hogy a Rotary Clubok és tagjaik szolidárisak a víz ügyével, a vizikörnyezet megóvásával.

Augusztus 14-én a Regensburg Millenium Club  részt vett a JDS 2 startünnepségén. Sok emberrel beszélgettek, pl. Astrid Klug államtitkár asszonnyal, Lazik úrral aki a Bajor Környezetvédelmi Minisztérium vezetője, a mérőhajó vezetőjével Csányi Béla úrral, Litheráty Péterrel a JDS1 szakmai vezetőjével,  Weller úrral az ICPDR főtitkárával.

Hírenk szerint  linzi rotarista barátaink is meglátogatták az expedíciót.

A Komáromi, határon átívelő – közös szlovák-magyar Club – nagy erővel szervezi a találkozót a hajóval, amihez csatlakozik a Győri, és a Győrújbaráti RC is. A budapesti közönségtalálkozóra aug 28-án délelőtt 11 – fél tizenkettő között tájban fog sor kerülni a Batthyanyi téren, erre is több budapesti Club készül. A Bajai RC ugyancsak szervezi a találkozót.

Rotaractosaink ugyancsak aktívan készülnek, várhatóan Újvidéki barátaikat is beszervezik!

 

„WE WATCH OUR DANUBE”
 Felhívás a Duna menti városok Rotary Clubjaihoz,
és minden Rotaristához, akik elkötelezettek a környezetvédelem ügyében.

Tisztelt Rotarista Barátaink!

A Duna menti államok közös, hivatalos szervezete, az „International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)” Joint Danube Suervey 2. (JDS2) elnevezéssel expedíciót indít a Duna vízminőségének és ökológiai helyzetének a vizsgálatára. Egy e célra felszerelt hajó végighajózik a Dunán Regensburgtól (2007. aug. 14.) a Fekete tengerig (szept. 28), folyamatosan mintát vesz, kémiai, ökológiai analízist stb. végez. Országonként egy – egy központi megállóhelyen közönségtalálkozókon népszerűsítik a környezetvédelem ügyét.

A Regensburg Millennium és a Budapest Budavár Rotary Klub, a Rotaract klubjainkkal közösen védnökséget vállalt a JDS2 felett. A védnökség gyakorlati tartalma a következő:

(1) A regensburgi és a budapesti közönségtalálkozókon átadjuk klubjaink zászlaját, amivel kifejezzük, hogy a Rotary, mint világ egyik legnagyobb civil szervezete:
(a) elkötelezett a Duna jó minőségéért
(b) szolidáris az annak érdekében végzett munkával,
(c) segíteni kívánja az ebben érintett emberek, szervezetek és országok együttműködését.

(2) Lehetőségeinkhez mérten, ill. az egyes klubok helyi adottságai függvényében:
(a) támogatókat igyekszünk szerezni közvetlenül a JDS számára (pénz, műszer, vegyszer, üzemanyag a hajóba, sajtónyilvánosság stb. stb.), vagy
(b) közvetetten a Duna vízminőség védelmének ügyében (pl. gyerekcsoport kikísérése a hajóhoz, gyerek/diák csoport számára bemutató vízmérés megszervezése, finanszírozása stb.) ill.
(c) a JDS után a JDS-en részvevő szakember meghívása a klubba a JDS eredményeinek az ismertetésére, a JDS eredményei publikálásának az elősegítése stb.

A JDS hivatalos szlogenje: „Watch your Danube”, ezért a Rotary védnökség szlogenje: We watch our Danube”

Tisztelt Rotarista Barátaink!

Tekintettel a védnökség céljának nemes voltára, az ügy jelentőségére, felkérjük a Duna menti városok Rotary Clubjait, hogy csatlakozzanak a védnökséghez.
Minél több Rotary zászló hirdesse a környezet védelme iránti elkötelezettségünket!

A Budapest Budavár Club vállalja a magyarországi csatlakozó Clubok közötti koordinációt és információ áramlást, személy szerint: Reich Gyula ppt  rewebt@t-online.hu. A Budapest Budavár Rotary emblémás polót készíttet „We watch our Danube” felírással, amit a csatlakozó Clubok rendelkezésére is bocsát.

Felhívásunk összhangban van a Rotary International édesvíz programjával, amiről a http://www.rotary.org/president/stenhammar/groups/water.html ) honlapon lehet tájékozódni.

Az expedíció részleteit tartalmazó dokumentumokat csatoltan küldjük, illetve néhány napon belül megtalálhatók a http://budapest-budavar.rotaryclub.hu/  websiteján a főmenüben (Duna-Donau-Danube )

Budapest, 2007. július 15.

 

Rotarista barátsággal:

 

Dr Kovács Ernő                                                                                 Tihanyi Zoltán
past president                                                                                        president

 

 

A Joint Danube Survey2 magyarországi megállóhelyei
(esti érkezés, tovább indulás másnap reggel – kivéve Budapest)

Aug 23. Komárom
Aug 24. Esztergom
Aug 25. Szob
Aug 26. Vác
Aug 27. Budapest
Aug 28. közönségtalálkozó Budapest, Batthyány tér
Aug 29. Dunaújváros
Aug 30. Paks
Aug 31. Baja

 

INVITATION
to the Rotary Clubs along the River Danube, and for any Rotarians who are enthuastic about the topic of environmental protection

Dear Rotarian Friends!

The official organization of the States along the River Danube, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), under the name of the Joint Danube Survey 2 (JDS2), has commissioned a new expedition to study the quality and the ecological conditions of the Danube. A well equiped ship will voyage down the river and continuously study the chemical, ecological and other conditions of the water. The ship will be start from Regensburg on 14th August 2007 and arrive at the Black Sea on 28th September. The travelling laboratory will be stop in every country crossed, in central harbours where the staff and the local experts will meet with the local people to spread the importance of the spirit of the environmental thinking.

The RC Regensburg Millenium and the RC Budapest Budavár together with their Rotaray organizations patronage the JDS2 programme. Our program will be as follows:.

  1. During the public events in Regensburg and in Budapest we present the Rotary Clubs flags to the staff in a ceremony to demonstrate that the Rotary Interntional is one of the largest civil orgaization which is,

(a) enthusiastic about good water quality of the River Danube
(b) shows solidary with any works concerning to this topic
(c) supports collaborations among the people, organizations and countries along the Danube
(2) The local Rotary Clubs - depending on their possibilities –
(a) try to find sponsor to directly support the JDS (money, equipment, chemicals, fuel for the ship, public relations, etc.), or
(b) indirectly support the Danube water quality protection action by the way of inviting students to the ship, making a demostration how the water is studied, or other
any way, or
(c) After the JDS voyage the Clubs will be invite the experts of the programme to talk about it and help to publish the results and conclusions, etc.

Dear Rotarian Friends!

Because the highlighted aim of the patronage, and because the importance of the topic we ask any Rotary Clubs along the Danube to joint to us.
More and more Rotary Club flags signal that the Rotary International is enthusiastic about the protection of our environment!

We propose that the Rotary Clubs organizing public events, welcome the ship in every stop with a ceremony (the ship as scheduled in the attached time table will be stop in the main towns). We also propose to those who are not able to present for the public events, to welcome the staff with some bottles of good local wine when it is possible.
We also propose for the associated Rotary Clubs to designate a coordinator. The RC Regensburg Millenium and the RC Budapest Budavár have already designated coordinators (…….)

The official slogan of the JDS is „Watch your Danube” and following this idea we propose to the Clubs the following Rotarian slogen „We watch our Danube”. The RC Budapest Budavár is preparing a white color T-shirt with the emblem of the Rotary with this sentence written around it. This will be available soon on the websites of the Clubs

Our proposal is co-ordinated with the Frashwater Project of the Rotary International. More int he http://www.rotary.org/president/stenhammar/groups/water.html

Other information and more details about the expedition are available in the attachement and on the home page of RC Budapest Budavár http://budapest-budavar.rotaryclub.hu.

Budapest, 15th July, 2007.

 

With Rotarian Friendship,

 

RC Regensburg Millennium                                                     RC Budapest Budavár

 

Dr Ulrike Lorenz                                                                  Dr Ernő Kovács
Past president                                                                         Past president

 

Michael Hocke                                                                       Tihanyi Zoltán
president                                                                                   president

 

JDS2 public events

14-Aug

9.00 – 14.00

Official launch ceremony Regensburger Hafen

20.-Aug

 

Public event in Vienna

22-Aug

11.00 – 14.00

Public event in Bratislava

28-Aug

9.00 – 13.00

Public event in Budapest

2-Szept.

9.00 – 13.00

Public event in Osijek

6-Szept

9.00 – 13.00

Public event in Belgrade

11-Szept

9.00 – 13.00

Public event in Orsova

19--Szept

9.00 – 13.00

Public event in Russe

27-Szept

9.00 – 13.00

Public event in Tulcea



WHAT IS THE JOINT DANUBE SURVEY 2?

What is the Joint Danube Survey?

The Joint Danube Survey 2, also known as ‘JDS2’, is the world’s biggest river research expedition in 2007. Its main goal is to produce highly comparable and reliable information on water quality and pollution for the entire Danube River and many of its tributaries. The Secretariat of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) coordinates the implementation of JDS 2.

Launched on August 14, 2007 from Regensburg, Germany, the three boats of the JDS2 will travel the entire 2,375 km distance of the Danube River, through 11 countries, down to the Danube Delta in Romania until late September.

Why is the JDS2 so important?

Water pollution is a major problem in the Danube River Basin. Danube governments need to make sound decisions about what future measures they will take to reduce Danube pollution and improve ecological health. This will help them to meet their obligations to implement the ‘Danube River Protection Convention’ which they signed in 1998, as well as the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) -- possibly the world’s strongest water legislation. Nutrient, organic and hazardous pollution are all factors that could result in their failing to meet this EU law.

As a basis for their sound decision-making, Danube countries need high quality and comparable data and information. The JDS2 follows up on, and will compare results over time to, the work done during the first Joint Danube Survey (JDS1) in 2001. JDS2 also expands on the JDS1 by adding new parameters and sampling locations, and key Danube tributaries will be tested for the first time. The collected information will further enable the ICPDR to have some of the most progressive river databases anywhere in the world -- for example, in presenting information on thousands of species dependent on the river.

JDS2 Partners and Cooperation

The expedition attracted significant international cooperation from all 11 of the main Danube countries from Germany to Ukraine, including EU and non-EU members. The full-time International Team travelling the entire length of the Danube will include 17 scientists from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Denmark. The Team will use three boats donated from different countries and institutions: Serbia’s Argus will serve as the main research vessel; Hungary’s Szecsenyi ice-breaker will carry cargo and supplies; and the EU’s Joint Research Centre ship Piscus will assess fish species. Teams of national scientists will also help with sampling and testing on board the ships on river stretches within their countries.

Some of the actual scientific testing will take place en route, from analyzing water samples at the Argus’s own laboratory to electro-fishing along the Danube’s banks. Other samples will be sent to laboratories throughout Europe for testing – all centres of excellence for particular water quality parameters. Significant support was provided by private sector companies operating in the Danube Basin including the Alcoa Foundation, Kommunalkredit Austria AG and Coca-Cola HBC. Finally, local authorities and the media living near the Danube will help in raising awareness and concern about Danube pollution and the need for everyone to participate in making it clean and healthy. 

JDS2 Route, Stopping Points and Tests

On the Danube River, there will be 95 sampling stations made covering all 11 countries (see Fact Sheet on complete route). The following tributaries will also be tested: Morava, Drava, Tisa, Sava, Velika Morava, Arges, Olt and Prut. Sampling at JDS2 stations will include five different sampling types: water, sediment, biology, suspended solids and mussels, each taken from different sampling points (i.e. left, middle and right) at the station cross-sections.

Nine cities will also be visited by the expedition. Planned visits include an official launch ceremony in Regensburg (Germany) on August 14 and public events in Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Osijek (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), Turnu Severin (Romania), Ruse (Bulgaria) and Tulcea (Romania).

The History of Danube Water Monitoring

The Danube has an extensive history of water quality monitoring. It began with the 1985 ‘Bucharest Declaration’ which led to a series of monitoring stations for the basin. In 1992, the development of the Trans-National Monitoring Network (TNMN) for the Danube River was launched. Coordinated by the (ICPDR), it now comprises over 75 monitoring stations. Over the last 25 years, other expeditions have navigated the Danube including the Equipe Cousteau in 1993 and the Burgund Survey in 1998 – however, these only focused on certain stretches of the Danube or limited parameters. In 2001, the JDS1 was the first expedition to test the entire length of the Danube River and produce comparable, quality results.

What were the results of JDS 1?

The JDS1 in 2001 had a mix of positive and negative results. On the positive side, it found high levels of biodiversity and rare species. On the negative side, results showed concern over organic and microbiological pollution, heavy metals, oil from ships, pesticides and chemicals. At the same time, significant awareness was raised about the Danube and need for pollution reduction measures. Followed by journalists and TV crews, it usually made it into the headlines of major newspaper, radio broadcast and TV news. At many locations where the boats stopped, public events were held including messages about recent national and local efforts made to reduce pollution.

Do you want more information?

See the special section on the ICPDR website www.icpdr.org (special section under development)
or contact the ICPDR Secretariat: icpdr@unvienna.org, Tel: +43 1 26060-5738


Philip Weller
ICPDR Executive Secretary
Vienna International Center
D0412. P.O. Box 500
1400 Vienna, Austria

                                                                                  Budapest, June. 9. 2007

Dear Mr. Weller,

True to the spirit of the Freshwater Program of Rotary International, (http://www.rotary.org/president/stenhammar/groups/water.html) the Regensburg Millennium and Budapest Budavár Rotary Clubs, together with their youth organization “Rotaract”, would like to extend their patronage (support) for the Joint Danube Survey 2 and call upon the Rotary Clubs of the cities along the Danube to act accordingly. The practical content of this patronage (support) is as follows:

(1) In those cities where the boat stops the local Clubs will ceremonially hand over the flag of the Club (in the presence of the media) to express that one of the world’s largest NGOs, Rotary and its Clubs along the Danube
(a) are committed for achieving and maintaining good quality of the Danube,
(b) express their solidarity with the efforts serving this goal, and
(c) wish to help in the cooperation of all the stakeholders including people, organizations and countries.
(2) depending on our Clubs’ local potentials and opportunities
(a) we try to find sponsors directly for JDS (funds, instruments, chemicals, boat fuel, media support, etc.), or
(b) indirectly for the cause of protecting the water quality of the Danube (e.g. to organize and finance visits to the boat by children groups, demonstration of water quality measurement for children/student groups, etc.), and
(c) to invite experts who participated in JDS to our Clubs after the event to deliver presentations on the results of JDS, as well as to assist in publishing these results, etc.

We would like to take this opportunity and ask you, Mr. Weller, to accept our offer and if possible inform the JSD2 participants about this. As far as the technical help in our activity is concerned we intend to rely on GWP Hungary’s experience.

Yours sincerely,

 

Dr Ulrike Lorenz                                                                  Dr Ernő Kovács
Regensburg Millennium RC                                                     Budapest Budavár RC

President                                                                                President

Dr. Ulrike Lorenz
Regensburg Millennium RC
President
Dr. Ernö Kovacs
Budapest Budavar RC
President

Subject: Cooperation for Joint Danube Survey
Dear Dr. Lorenz, Dear Dr. Kovacs,
I would like to thank you for your letter of June 9 and your offer to cooperate with the International
Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) on the Joint Danube Survey 2 (JDS2). I
welcome the initiative of the Regensburg Millennium and the Budapest Budvar Rotary Club and am looking
forward the development of our cooperation.
As a further step to develop the cooperation on the international level, I would kindly invite you and other
leading personalities of Rotary Clubs in the Danube River Basin for a meeting to explore, discuss and
develop possible projects in further detail. If there is interest from your site, I could propose a possible
meeting date and venue for autumn this year.
Regarding activities in the frame of the JDS2 in a national level, I would kindly ask you to directly discuss
them with the respective national JDS Coordinators (list attached); I suggest using JDS 2 as a start for
possible further cooperation with the Water Ministries if appropriate for both partners.
As you may be aware the ICPDR is holding several outreach programmes such as the celebration of Danube
Day on June 29 and the implementation of the Danube Box – an educational tool kit. I am convinced that
there are several good cooperation opportunities for the mutual benefit.
I also welcome the support of GWP Hungary, since we have good experiences in cooperating with this
organisation.
I am looking forward to the development of a good cooperation.
Kind regards,
(signed)
Philip Weller
Executive Secretary


JDS 2 Cruise Manual (.doc)
List of National JDS 2 Coordinators (.xls)
JDS 2 Timeschedule (.xls)