Braila Islands - Romania

Basic Information
Platform Icon

Site Name
Braila Islands
Short name
Braila Islands
Country
Romania
Site Manager
Keywords
agriculture
floodplain
large rivers
shallow lakes
wetlands
Site Description
"Braila Islands" site with a total surface of over 2600 km2 is situated in the South-East of Romania corresponding to a 78 km long Danube sector that stretches between Harsova (kilometer 253) and Braila (kilometer 175) cities. This socio-ecological system is inhabited by near 300,000 people and comprises heavily modified ecosystems (e.g. Big Island of Braila, former wetland transformed into agricultural land) but also systems under a natural functional regime (e.g. Small Islands of Braila), being of a crucial natural and socio-economical value. The Danube river along the Braila Islands section has been ranked as a heavily modified water body according to criteria 2.1 (embankment works) due to the hydro-technical works on more than 79% of the river stretch sector and a candidate to “heavily modified” according with the WFD criteria 2.2 (regulation works) as a result of dredging of 21% of the river bed for intensive navigation. The main remnant of the natural floodplains consists in the wetlands from the Small Island of Braila Natural Park with a total surface of 210 km2 and the floodplains between the riverbanks and dikes of almost 93 km2.
Last modified
2020-06-29 10:06:05
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
1995
Purpose
Large scales of ecological systems studies: population/species, compartments (primary producers, consumers, decomposers), ecosystems, complex of ecosystems(landscapes/waterscapes), integration of socio-economical research data and monitoring.
Parameters
Photos
not defined

not defined

not defined

not defined

not defined

not defined

not defined

not defined

not defined

not defined

Geographic
Size
259682.00ha
Elevation (average)
2.00msl
Elevation (min)
1.00msl
Elevation (max)
12.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER Romania (LTER_EU_RO_006)This site is a verified "LTER Romania" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
Download

Site information [.json]

Centroid coordinates [.shp] [.kml]
Bounding Box [.shp] [.kml]
Boundaries [.shp] [.kml]