Danube Sturgeon Task Force focus on the program sturgeon 2020
International Association for Danube Research launches an appeal to the decision makers and the wider public to support the implementation of the program Sturgeon 2020.
From the six sturgeon species that populated the Danube, one is already extinct, while the others are critically endangered, with the stocks under continuous decline. Hence, urgent measures are needed to prevent the disappearance of these flagship species and protect their habitats.
The Danube Sturgeon Task Force (DSTF), established in January 2012 with governmental and NGO support, aims to be an active interface to effectively crosslink all the synergies in the catchment and beyond to foster sturgeon conservation.
The support of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Priority Area 6 (Biodiversity) and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) are positive signs that sturgeons get higher priority on the political agenda.
The ultimate question posed receives an ambiguous answer: Can we help sturgeons to survive under the increasing human pressures? The answer lies in our willingness to understand the need of other living communities to share the natural resources with us?as they all represent the very basis of our existence?