Duna-Drava National Park Directorate (PP1)
Within the frame of the Landscape Rehabilitation and Protection of Biodiversity within the Framework of the Cooperation for a Trans-boundary Biosphere Reserve project we did works on the Hungarian parts of the planned Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve, on the Belső-Béda oxbow.
On the project area our goal was to implement the state of the protected oxbow which is also utilized as angling water. In a way which is serve the interests of nature conservation and eco-tourism, especially angling-tourism.
In the course of the project we removed the old, ruined angling platforms built during decades and the connected waste, in order to the area regain its natural beauty. Toward the development of angling tourism, on the outer part of the oxbow new, safe, landscape friendly angling platforms were implemented, partly adapted for night or family angling. So the more natural forests of the inner side avoid the disturbance and the same time the angling experience is improving.
On the middle part of the oxbow, known as Belső-Béda II. the oxygen deficit and the following fish devastation was an old problem in the hot summer days. To solve this problem was very important for nature conservation as well as tourism. We treated the water 6 times with bacterial culture, to decrease the nutriment in the organic silt in order to delay the grow of vegetation and reduce the chance of evolving oxygen shortage. The fact that despite of extraordinary low water level and unusally long hot period in summer there was no fish devastation, is imply that the bioremediation was successful.
In the frame of the project we implemented the guarding of the lakes, so the illegal fishing decreased significantly.
Side by side with the Croatian locations we did a survey of birds on the Hungarian project area. We registered 84 species of birds, 54 of them breeding on or next to the oxbow, among them 2 are strictly protected, the further species visiting the oxbow there are other 5 strictly protected species.
The Duna-Dráva National Park was established along the Danube and Dráva rivers, covering an area of some 50.000 hectares. Water played the main role in the formation of its natural landscape. The two rivers and their water resulted in the development of a great variety of habitats, where a colourful ecosystem can be found. Almost the whole of the national park is located in an area, which was formerly a flood-plain.
The Directorate's range of action is not only the National Park itself, but South Transdanubia: Baranya and Tolna counties, most of Somogy county and minor areas in Fejér and Bács-Kiskun counties. About 70 collegaues working for complex pourposes in this area. The functions of the Directorate are managing the protected nature values, nature reserves (including the Duna-Dráva National Park), Natura 2000 sites, and other areas and values affected by treaties, conservation and rehabilitation of habitats, monitoring of nature values It maintains conservationist education, farming and managing in order to preserve genome of native domestic species and traditional landuse on its whole range of action..