Submitted by: via donau - Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH
Implemented country: Austria
Title: WANDA - WAste management for inland Navigation on the DAnube

The river Danube is a unique ecosystem with a high biodiversity, an important water reservoir and an
international waterway with high potential for inland navigation and is being promoted by the EU’s
transport policy. Based on the developments in recent years, the transport volumes in the Danube Corridor
are expected to increase significantly in the future. However, large disparities and the lack of coordination
in current practices of ship waste management in the Danube riparian countries are calling for
coordinated waste management solutions for ship borne waste on inland waterways. In order to account
for this, the project WANDA (WAste management for inland Navigation on the DAnube) aims at
establishing a sustainable, environmentally sound and transnationally coordinated approach in ship
waste management along the Danube. Therewith, inland navigation as a sustainable mode of transport
will be advanced while the potential risks of impairment of the balance of valuable river ecosystems
through illegal discharges will be reduced.
WANDA – “WAste management for inland Navigation on the DAnube” is a transnational project funded
by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme (SEE) of the European Union. This
three-year project, which was approved in June 2009, comprises nine partners from seven countries,
who operate in the field of inland navigation, waterway infrastructure services or transport and water
research. via donau – the Austrian Waterway Company with headquarters in Vienna, coordinates the
international WANDA consortium as Lead Partner. The following core objectives are implemented
within the WANDA project:
· Preparation of trans-national coordinated ship waste management concepts
· Development of pilot activities for collection and disposal of ship borne waste
· Elaboration of an international financing model for oily and greasy ship wastes
· Promotion of cross-border communication and knowledge transfer



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