Current Projects

  • EU PLATINA Project - Integrated Inland Waterways Planning

    From June 2008 until September 2010, Mr Zinke worked as the ICPDR Project Manager for Navigation on the coordination and execution of several PLATINA activities.

    PLATINA is a platform for helping to implement the European inland navigation programme NAIADES. Funded under the FP 7 Programme, it involves 22 partners from 9 European countries, runs from June 2008 until May 2012 and is coordinated by via donau. See

    Zinke's ICPDR activities focused on the implementation of the following PLATINA tasks:

    • The coordination of Sub-work Package 5.3 "Interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable waterway management", executed together with Boku university, via donau and Inland Navigation Europe (INE);
    • A small input into Sub-work Package 5.1 Technical support for European IWT infrastructure development plan (coordinated by DVS);
    • Ensuring the follow-up of the Joint Statement process (see below), in particular the preparation, organisation and execution of two follow-up meetings in January 2009 at the Danube Commission and in June 2010 at the International Sava Commission: see

    By summer 2010, SWP 5.3 resulted in

    • an Integrative study on hydro-morphological alterations along the Danube (produced by Boku university with input from Mr Zinke).
    • Preparation of a Manual on best practices in sustainable waterway planning (prepared by ICPDR with input from via donau and Boku university). and
    • Three training workshops on integrated planning for waterway officials and diverse national and international stakeholders in June 2009 ( Zagreb), September 2010 ( Ruse) and in autumn 2011 (tbd). For details see

    Mr Zinke was coordinator of the SWP 5.3 team, organiser of the training workshops and main author of the Manual.

    The new Manual, published on 2 September 2010, illustrates how waterway development projects can be made compatible with environmental protection requirements, such as stipulated by EU law.

    The manual offers general advice for both technical planners and interested stakeholders who want to be involved in a planning process. The early integration of stakeholders (including those representing environmental interests) and of environmental objectives, and wide communication are essential for a successful planning process.

Download here the Manual

Printed copies or a CD (with the Manual and Joint Statement) are available at

  • EU LIFE+ project (Information and Communication)

    Conceptualisation and writing of a project proposal (BLUE DANUBE CAMPAIGN Connecting People with the Danube; 3.5 M €; 2011-2014); consulting in cooperation with the Federal Environmental Agency in Vienna and as a joint activity of ICPDR, via donau, Austrian Ministry for Environment, message, Nationalpark Donau-Auen and WWF; submission in September 2010.

  • Support to the ICPDR Process on Navigation & Ecology 2007-2010

This initiative has been launched by the ICPDR in cooperation with the Danube (Navigation) Commission and the International Sava Commission. The overall goal was to reach, by the end of 2007, a stakeholder agreement on basic guiding principles and criteria in form of a " Joint Statement on the Development of Inland Navigation and Environmental Sustainability in the Danube River Basin ".

Mr Zinke consults the ICPDR Secretariat since 2006 on the preparation and execution of this process, focusing on technical workshops and excursions to sensitive waterway development sites (April 2007 in Orth/Austria, June in Calarasi & Bucharest/Romania, and October 2007 in Zagreb/Croatia). Zinke also facilitated the translation of the JS into several languages.

Facilitating the follow-up process was another task of Mr Zinke, including the organisation and reporting of the first meetings in January 2009 ( Budapest) and March 2010 in Zagreb.

  • Integrating Land and Water Management in the Tisza River Basin

Since 2004 the work of ICPDRs Tisza Group , representing the five Tisza countries Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia, and the European Commission (DG ENV) aimed at jointly developing an Integrated River Basin Management that will go beyond the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive.

This work became supported by the UNDP/GEF MSP project "Integrating multiple benefits of wetlands and floodplains into improved trans-boundary management for the Tisza River Basin" (2008-2011). It has two main objectives:

  • to integrate water quality, water quantity, land use, and biodiversity objectives within integrated water resources/river basin management (IWRM/RBM) under the legal umbrella of the EU and ICPDR, and;
  • to begin implementation of IWRM principles through the testing of new approaches on wetland and floodplain management through 3 community-based demonstration.

This project is implemented by the ICPDR Secretariat and UNDP (Bratislava Regional Centre).

In October 2009, Mr Zinke was asked to undertake a "Mid-term Evaluation" which was completed with a report and recommendations in December 2009.

In April 2010, Hungary, the ICPDR, UNDP-GEF, UNEP and EC, DG ENV had jointly organized a workshop on " Integrating land and water management to reduce impacts of floods and droughts on water status in the Tisza River Basin District " (in Szolnok, Hungary).

Mr Zinke was involved in its preparation and execution, including the discussion of his

Background Paper on Accidental Pollution in the Tisza River Basin.


The Integrated Tisza RBM Plan is expected to be completed in early 2011. See

  • PAN Parks Verification

The new "Protected Area Network of Parks" aims,

  • to create a European network of very well protected wilderness areas,
  • to improve nature protection by sustainable tourism development and
  • to provide a reliable trademark which guarantees nature protection and is recognised by all Europeans.

Since 2002, the PAN Parks Principles & Criteria were verified in eleven parks. Mr Zinke is one of five independent Lead Verifiers and verifying/monitoring the following national parks:

Borjomi-Kharagauli (Georgia, 85,000 ha): re-verification in 2010

Central Balkans (Bulgaria, 72,000 ha): re-verification in 2010

Peneda Geres (Portugal, 70,000 ha): short visit in 2009

Archipelago (Finland, 50,000 ha): 2007 - 2009 verification (lead)

Fulufjället (Sweden, 38,000 ha ): 2007 - 2008 re-verification (lead)

Paanajärvi (Russia, 104,000 ha): 2005 - 2007 verification (picture gallery)

Majella (Italy, 74,000 ha): 2005 - 2007 verification 5 (lead) (picture gallery)

Oulanka (Finland, 28,000 ha): 2002- 2006 (lead)

Bieszczady (Poland, 29,000 ha): 2002- 2006

Retezat (Romania, 38,000 ha): 2004




PAN Parks picture gallery:
Old mountain spruce forest, Lesser Caucasus
Vidim waterfall trail, Central Balkans
Finnish Archipelago
Black Grouse, Fulufjället

Paanajärvi gallery

Verifiers excursion on the Mic Retezat range.

The verifiers on top of Bieszczady.
Verification of the camp ground sauna on Oulanka river.
Reindeer grazing, a serious pressure on lichen, has to be reduced in the future.
Boardwalks reduce visitor impact on wetlands.

Verifiers at work.