"DANUBE DELTA" NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

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 wet zones of national and international interest for the biological diversity conservation and the sustainable use.

Due to its expertise and contribution to the local, regional and national research and development programmes, DDNI has been nominated as:

  • Centre of Excellence for Deltas & Wetlands
  • National Reference Centre for Land Cover and Fisheries
  • Main Scientific Advisor of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development  for the implementation of the NATURA 2000 Network  in Romania
  • Centre of Technological Information for the Danube Delta of the National Authority for Scientifically Research

The relevance of the DDNI research activities for the local/regional/national and international environment issues is sustained by the Danube Delta protection status and the international Conventions and Programmes adopted by Romania.

The scientific research is one of the most important components of these conventions, being defined as one of the main functions of the Biosphere Reserves by the MAB-UNESCO program.  The research activity of the Danube Delta National Institute is oriented  upon the domains aimed to achieve the management objectives of the largest protected area in Romania and Europe:

  • assessment of the ecological status of the natural heritage and the elaboration of the biodiversity conservation measures;
  • monitoring of the DDBR biodiversity and environmental factors;
  • assessment of the natural resources and the exploitation levels in accordance with the regenerating potential and the carrying capacity of the ecosystems;
  • elaboration of the hydrological scenarios in support of the ecological restoration measures for the improvement of the water circulation regime on the existing channels network;
  • measures for the recovery of the endangered species populations – fish, birds, reptiles, mammals;
  • elaboration of the technical solutions for the restoration of the abandoned agricultural polders and fish ponds in order to increase the area of the natural habitats of fish and birds species;
  • modeling the basic processes of the aquatic ecosystems;
  • supporting studies for the harmonization of the socio-economical interests with the concept of the conservation  of the natural capital;
  • developing the Geographical Information System for the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.

At European level, DDNI is participating as partner of the consortia in projects financed under the EC Framework Programmes (FP 4 – 1 project, FP 5 – 3 projects, FP 6 – 6 projects) as well as in projects financed through other programmes and funds (PHARE, SOCRATES Programme, COST,  LIFE).

The main users of the DDNI researches results are:

  • The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development
  • ‘Romanian Waters’ National Administration
  • National Agency for Environmental Protection
  • National Agency for Fishing and Aquaculture
  • Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority
  • European Community
  • SME’s

MANAGEMENT

Dr. Biologist Marian TUDOR

Dr. Biologist Marian TUDOR

General Director

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Dr. Biologist Liliana TOROK

Dr. Biologist Liliana TOROK

Scientific Director

Dr. Liliana Török is a senior researcher, Scientific Director of the Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development (INCDDD), holds a PhD in Biology from the Ovidius University Constanta in Romania. Her research and consultancy work is related to aquatic biodiversity, eutrophication in freshwater, environmental impact assessments and ecological rehabilitation of wetlands. Liliana has performed studies on phytoplankton from the Lower Danube Region (including the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve) in the frame of various national projects, in the frame of the projects financed by GEF/World Bank, UNDP, PHARE, the EU Framework Program (REBECCA, REFORM, FORECASTER), ICPDR (INVSEC) etc. She led projects financed by Romanian Authority focused on eutrophication, on the management plan of the Danube Delta and as a leader of the international consortium partner she is the coordinator of two on-going projects (AQUACROSS and CyanoLakes) financed by EU, H2020 funds. She is editor-in-chief of a technical periodical (DELTAICA) and of a periodical dedicated to promoting scientific events organized by the institute (Deltas and Wetlands – Book of Abstracts).

Dr. Eng. Iulian NICHERSU

Dr. Eng. Iulian NICHERSU

Technical Director/Scientific Council President

Dr. Eng Iulian NICHERSU is senior scientific researcher, doctor in Geography with 25 years of experience within the Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development. He has expertise in GIS, spatial planning, maritime policies, cartography, geomatics and conservation projects of special wetland areas from the Lower Danube Floodplain – Romanian sector. He was awarded in 2000 with the Diploma of excellence in research for the project Green Corridor of Lower Danube by the Romanian Government, National Agency for Research, Technology and Innovation, specialized in Research methods in Wetlands Socio-anthropological studies. As project responsible he worked in elaborating the ecological restoration projects for the abandoned polders in order to create the Green corridor of lower Danube, elaborating the methodology of sustainable use of the natural resources from the wetlands for ecological equilibrium, stakeholder involvement in flood risk management and spatial planning, in national and international projects.

Ec. Ana BULETE

Ec. Ana BULETE

Economical Director, Financial Accounting

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Dr. Eng. Irina CERNISENCU

Dr. Eng. Irina CERNISENCU

Programs, Contracts, Personel, Payroll and Marketing Director

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ADMINISTRATION

Iuliana Viorica CONDRAT

Iuliana Viorica CONDRAT

HUMAN RESOURCES

Contact: iuliana.condrat@ddni.ro

Tel.: +40240/524550 int.: 133

Careers

Veronica MOS-MAN

Veronica MOS-MAN

QUALITY ASSURANCE, PUBLIC RELATION AND MEDIA

Contact: veronica.mosman@ddni.ro

Tel.: +40240/524550 int.: 159

George POPESCU

George POPESCU

LEGAL ADVISER AND PROCUREMENT

Contact: george.popescu@ddni.ro

Tel.: +40240/524550 int.: 173

Laura Alexandrina HIZANU

Laura Alexandrina HIZANU

PUBLIC INTERNAL AUDIT COMPARTMENT

Contact: laura.hizanu@ddni.ro

Tel.: +40240/524550 int.: 185

Constantin NEGRISANU

Constantin NEGRISANU

TRANSPORT, ADMINISTRATIVE AND SAFETY COMPARTMENT

Contact: constantin.negrisanu@ddni.ro

Tel.: +40240/524550 int.: 164

ACTIVITIES

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RESEARCH

The institute carries out basic and applied research to scientifically support the management in the DDBR and other wetlands of national and international importance for the biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, in the following domains of activity:

  • structure, evolution and function of the specific wetland ecosystems;
  • monitoring of the biological diversity and environmental factors;
  • modelling the processes that are the basis of ecosystem functioning;
  • sustainable use of the biological natural resources (fish, vegetation, game and landscape);
  • assessment and reduction of the human impact;
  • restoration and rehabilitation of the ecosystems that have been injured by the negative human activity;
  • ecological restoration;
  • ecological rehabilitaton of some threatened species;
  • making the social-economic interests agree with the biodiversity conservation goal;
  • development of the Geographical Information System (GIS) and use of the teledetection techniques;
  • strategies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of the natural resources;
  • management plans for administrating wetlands and aquatic resources;
  • issuing thematic maps, atlases and monographs;
  • scientific substantiation of the normative acts projects that regulate the environmental protection;
  • researches and studies for implementing the international conventions Romania has adhered to on environmental issues;
  • consultancy for harmonizing the Romania’s legislation with the E.U. policy in the environmental area.

Additional activities:

  • support studies for the elaboration of the restoration solutions for ecological reconstruction and the improvement of the environmental conditions;
  • impact and environmental balance studies;
  • international research projects for wetlands of conservative interest in flora and fauna;
  • applied research to adaptat the production technologies used in the agriculture, pisciculture and forest polders areas to the environmental protection requirements;
  • scientific assistance, specialized survey and consulting services;
  • organization of scientific manifestations (sessions, symposiums, congresses, etc) with national and international character.
DESIGN
  • studies and projects for the accomplishment of the ecological restoration works and the improvement of the environmental conditions;
  • feasibility studies, technical projects and execution details for fish and agriculture ponds, hydrotechnical constructions, public, industrial and agrozootechnical buildings;
  • studies and projects for water supply and sewerage systems, thermic, refrigerating, ventilation- acclimatization and natural gases installations for all kinds of users;
  • technical assistance for designing and executing investments objectives;
  • cadastral survey, geodesy and cartography works;
  • topographical, geotechnical, soil and hydrological studies for substantiating the investment projects;
  • feasibility studies, assets evaluations, documentations for participation to auctions of design and execution projects;
  • survey concerning the state of buildings and their equipments and afferent installations.
PRODUCTS