Ecological resizing through urban and rural actions & dialogues for GHG mitigation in the Lower Danube Floodplains & Danube Delta (EDAPHIC-BLOOM DANUBE)

Project leader: “Danube Delta” National Institute for Research and Development

Country for implementation: ROMANIA

Supported by BMU-EUKI

Total Contract Value

916,135 EUR

Project Duration

11/2020-01/2023 (27 months)

Target Group

Cities, towns and municipalities

Civil society

Private sector

Contact Address

165 Babadag Street, Tulcea, Romania



This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).  It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

Project Objective

EDAPHIC-BLOOM DANUBE aims to boost capacities for GHG mitigation in the target region, through organic soils conservation/restoration and enhancing energy efficiency in the built environment sector.


Both in the European Union and worldwide, drained organic soils contribute substantially to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. In the long term, a complete halt to the drainage of peatlands is required to achieve zero emissions by 2050. On the other hand, buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. Deep retrofit of buildings: envelope, energy system, grid integration, renewables, and monitoring can save more than 50% of the energy demand.


Improving mentalities, promoting networking, raising awareness, transfer of knowledge and experience on best practices and optimizing the dialogue between authorities, universities, research institutes and the private sector (creating a sustainable development cluster) regarding the reduction of GHGs for organic soils conservation / restoration and enhancing energy efficiency in the built environment sector in the Danube Floodplain and Danube Delta


EDAPHIC-BLOOM Danube aims for:


Capacity building to improve national GHG reporting on organic soils;


Supporting decision making through development of a Master Plan (MP) and good practices guides for reducing the GHG emissions in the area;


Setting up a Cluster for Sustainable Development of the Lower Danube Plain and Danube Delta;


Stakeholder engagement for an efficient dialogue, exchange of good practices, awareness raising and knowledge transfer;


Energy efficiency enhancement in the built environment sector in Dobrudja region, Romania, by increasing capacities of public officers and built environment professionals;


Creating an online platform to widen the access to energy information and support the development of future retrofit projects;


Raising public awareness on energy practices and empowering civil society for action and behaviour change towards energy savings.

By the end of the project, authorities in the target area will have received decision-making support tools related to land use and energy efficiency plans; relevant professionals will have significantly increased their competence in shaping the built environment according to nearly zero energy buildings criteria and civil society and stakeholders will have increased their role in the sustainable development process.



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EDAPHIC-BLOOM Danube International Online Symposium

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Stakeholder Meeting

Discussion Forum 

On October 27, 2021, at 10.00, the Stakeholders’ Meeting – Debate Forum took place (online) between the authorities, academia and the private sector on the environmental objectives of the project, the promotion of sustainable activities in the Danube floodplain and the Danube Delta, especially organic farming. During the event, a Stakeholder Convention for decarbonisation in the target region was presented, followed by the creation of a Sustainable Development Cluster. Topics discussed during the meeting:

National Action Plan for Green Agriculture

in context of European targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (European Green Pact)

Regenerating farming. Paludiculture & permaculture

Models for the sustainable capitalization of natural capital


Smart agriculture & Agriculture Living Labs


Stakeholder Convention

Symposium Output

The Stakeholder Convention

The International Symposium of May 2021 initiated a Stakeholder Convention for decarbonisation in the target region by promoting sustainable activities, on the basis of which a Sustainable Development Cluster will be created.

The beneficiaries of the Convention results will be the local authorities, the private sector and the entire population of the Lower Danube Floodplain and the Danube Delta, which will have the best practices for managing organic soils, becoming more resilient and preventing the occurrence and spread of extreme events.


Get In Touch With Us

Dr. Eng. Iulian NICHERSU

Principal Researcher

Main Expertise


Environmental Policies

Regional Development

Arch. Madalina Sbarcea


Main Expertise


Urban and Territorial Planning

Regional Development

Edward Bratfanof


Main Expertise

Env. Management and Monitoring

Technological Transfer and Information

Organizing Scientific Events


165 Babadag street, Tulcea 820112, Romania

Monday - Thursday: 8.00 - 16.30 / Friday - 8.00 - 14.00

Call Center: (+4) 0240 - 524 546 / (+4) 0240 - 524 548 / (+4) 0240 - 524 550,

Phone (Secretary Office): (+4) 0240 - 531 520

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Economic Director: Thursday 09.00 - 11.00

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