We are an institute with tradition and great expertize

We are located at the gates of a unique wetland - Danube Delta

We have refined old believes in new trends

We have developed teams to fit our future goals

We have mixed young boldness with wise old expertise

We are looking forward to join us in our future projects

The Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (DDNI) was established in 1970 and it has as the main objective the performance of the fundamental and applied research for the scientific support of the management of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR) and other wetlands of national and international interest for the biological diversity conservation and the sustainable use.


Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

In the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of socio-economic systems after 1989, the role of the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources (CBUDRN) has become of strategic importance for INCDDD. Inventory and monitoring of wild species and natural habitats and assessing ecosystem services mostly through sustainable use of natural resources and landscape of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve are the main activities of the research teams within the department. This department brings together researchers with diverse fields of expertise making it possible to approach complex studies.

Ecological Restoration and Species Recovery

The ecological restoration in the Danube Delta is one way of sustainable development of nature and local communities in the medium and long term. Since 1994, following Romania’s accession to the Ramsar Convention – an international convention dedicated to the protection of wetlands- in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve there have been implemented the following types of projects: projects of ecological restoration of the wetlands which have been altered anthropogenically (dammed and drained), of restoration of degraded areas, and of improvement of the circulation of water / connectivity. Another category of projects implemented is the recovery and restocking of species.

Informational System and Geomatics

In a world where information is becoming more abundant and diversified, the information system aims to systematize the entire volume (of information) by creating databases for interdisciplinary research, modeling nature’s certain processes and develop tools for grounding quick decisions and efficient management of the environment.

Center for the Study of Transborder and Emergent Diseases and Zoonoses

A number of factors have caused the proliferation of different pathogens vectors: climate change, land use change, changes in farming practices, deforestation, irrigation, hydrological planning and other more. Danube Delta, being the breeding area or just the migration site of millions of migratory birds, is the main gate of entrance of an impressive series of pathogens. The role of the department is improving the knowledge of ecology of disease vectors and reservoir species that produce cross border and, emerging diseases and zoonoses within Danube Delta and surroundings.

Laboratories and Research Stations

The Department of Laboratories and Research Facilities, thanks to its modular organizational structure, provides an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve aquatic ecosystems through three laboratories: the Chemistry Laboratory, Hydrobiology Lababoratory and Genetics and Molecular Ecology Laboratory, as well as a remote facility, the Enisala Research Station. Our research team members have made significant contributions to the improvement of monitoring methods and integrated solutions for medium- and long–term evolution trends.

"Danube Delta" Technological Information Center

Danube Delta Technological Information Centre was built and developed within national programe INFRATECH in 2005. It is an innovation and technological transfer entity, without juridical personality, part of the DDNI, functioning based on its own status. It was started as an initiative of Education and Research Ministry accepted by the DDNI’s board (01.10.2005). It was acreditated in 01.12.2006 by the Decision no. 9459/ 27.11.2006 of the National Authority for Scientific Research’s President. In 2012, DDTIC was reacreditated for 5 years (certificate no. 62/07.05.2012 issued by the Ministry of Education, Research,Youth and Sports- National Authority for Scientific Research)

Technological Development, Transfer and Spatial Planning

– Works of cadastre, geodesy, cartography, surveying

– Feasibility studies, technical design and execution details

– 1D2D hydraulic modeling, hazard maps and flood risk

– Environmental studies and impact

– Spatial planning

– Development of regional, urban and territorial structures and processes built environment in protected natural areas, cultural landscape

2015 statistics



PhD Students


  • 5 Scientific Junior Researchers
  • 6 Scientific Researchers
  • 21 Scientific Researchers III
  • 4 Scientific Researchers II
  • 6 Scientific Researchers I
  • National Projects 40%
  • International Projects 60%

2012 – 2015 Publication Statistics

  • 12 Books and Book Chapters
  • 49 International Scientific Communications
  • 7 ISI Scientifical and Technical Papers
  • 6 BDI Scientifical and Technical Papers
  • 60 Prospective and Technological Studies, ordered or used by the beneficiary

BDI Publications

ISI Publications

Representative Projects

Danube FloodRisk

The overall objective of the FLOODRISK project was to develop and produce high quality, stakeholder oriented flood risk maps for the transnational Danube river floodplains to provide adequate risk information for spatial planning and economic requests.


CARTODD project involves the development of a high resolution cartographic support through remote sensing technology: LIDAR – Light detection and Ranging.

Natura 2000

Îndeplinirea  obligațiilor României referitoare la înfiinţarea şi revizuirea reţelei Natura2000 în conformitate cu seminariile biogeografice, au fost făcute printr-un set de proiecte finanţate de Ministerul Mediului.

Corine Land Cover

Romania within National Reference Centre has implemented national CORINE LAND COVER inventory at the reference years 1990 , 2000 , 2006 and 2012 to derive the national CLC_Changes database and metadata.


Deltas and Wetlands – 25th Symposium

It is our pleasure to announce you that the 25th International Symposium “Deltas and Wetlands” 2017 held in Tulcea, Romania, between 18-21 May 2017 and hosted by “Danube Delta” National Institute for Research and Development has successfully closed! Thank you for your contribution to this memorable event and see you next year!