A new partnership between the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and the Camargue

A memorandum of understanding was signed, on October 11 in Tulcea (Romania), between the Camargue Natural Regional Park (PNRC) and the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR), recognizing similar objectives related to the management of these two Biosphere Reserves covering iconic deltas and sealing a long-term international cooperation on nine areas including biodiversity conservation, taking into account traditional human activities, sustainable tourism and environmental education.


Photo credit : J.Jalbert/Tour du Valat.

This partnership is part of an international framework organized by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and on the other hand by the Ramsar Convention and its two Regional Initiatives: MedWet and BlackSeaWet.

The French delegation, composed of elected of 3 communes (Port-Saint-Louis, Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) composing the PNRC, the Deputy Director of  Biodiversity and PNRC Unit Manager, the Director of  MAB France, the Embassy of  France in Romania, the Director of  Veolia Foundation and the director of the Tour du Valat, met the Governor of  DDBR, elected officials of the department of  Tulcea, the President of MAB Romania and the Director of Danube Delta National Institute for Research.

Following the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding and the press conference, a working meeting was an opportunity to discuss the specific issues of each site and especially to better identify the needs of the DDBR regarding its mode of governance, the acting in the Danube delta and the needs of local populations.

This memorandum of understanding is a general framework within which more specific collaborations must be registered, to be developed, especially between the Danube Delta National Institute for Research and the Tour du Valat, with the respective programs are focused on the same issues.

Source Tour du Valat


Jean Jalbert, director of Tour du Valat, jalbert@tourduvalat.org