The awarding of the "Living Danube" foundation prize is intended to recognize the commitment and achievements that have made a decisive and exemplary contribution to the protection and preservation of our natural heritage along the entire Danube.
The Foundation "Natural Heritage Danube" aims to reward individuals, groups and associations who have made outstanding contributions to the natural heritage along the Danube in a particularly exceptional way.
The focus is on the implementation of measures to strengthen biodiversity and the dynamic processes in the river system and the floodplains of the Danube from the source to the mouth - the creation of structures and cooperation that sustainably support these goals and the scientific research, to supply the academic base.
The following criteria characterize the guiding principle of the Foundation Prize:
The excellent performance should serve as a role model for other people, groups and associations.
The award-winning performance should have been designed to preserve, strengthen and restore the natural functions of the Danube and its floodplains, as well as to preserve biodiversity along the Danube for future generations.
The merits should be so convincing that a counterfeiting effect is achieved. Accordingly, the best practice character and practical feasibility should be in the foreground.
Innovative, networked holistic solutions, across national boundaries, and cooperation-creating services with interdisciplinary features are given special consideration.
The foundation prize "Living Danube", endowed with 15,000 euros (10000. euros money prize und 5000. euros gold medal) , is aimed at individuals, groups and associations whose innovative measures, successful research results or life achievements are all about sustainable improvement of the natural heritage along the Danube.
The jury is made up of representatives of environmental and nature conservation associations, the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the association for the promotion of the Auenzentrum Neuburg, the coordinators of the Priority Area 6 Steering Group of the EU Danube Region Strategy and the Board of the Foundation "Natural Heritage Danube"" and prepares the awarding of the prize.
The Board of the Foundation "Natural Heritage Danube" decides on the final awarding of the prize on suggestion of the appointed jury. The legal process is excluded.
On 28 June 2020 the festive award ceremony of the Foundation Prize "Living Danube" with the Bavarian Minister of the Environment and Consumer Protection, the laureate family and numerous guests from the environmental scene will take place as part of an event in the Auenzentrum Neuburg/Ingolstadt at the former hunting castle Schloss Grünau. The environment ministers from the respective countries of the winners will be invited.