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2017. november 22., szerda

Open Day at the National University of Public Service

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The next Open Day will be held on Wednesday 22 November 2017 at the Faculty of Water Sciences of the National University of Public Service. Trainings will be demonstrated with interesting presentations given by the leaders of the faculty; in addition to attending classes at the Faculty of Hydraulic and Water Management and the Faculty of Water Supply and Environmental Engineering.

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2017. október 21., szombat

Autumn Festival of Museums Adventurers are invited!

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Come and join in the adventure games organized by Danube Museum and the Game Cottage.
 

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2017. június 24., szombat

Mysterious night at the Danube Museum

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Do unidentified culprits walk in the dark rooms of the museum at night? No one has seen anything, no trace was left. Their intent is unknown at this time, but it is absolutely certain that an artifact will disappear.

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2017. május 20., szombat

22nd Spring Festival of Museums at the weekend

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MUSEUMS IN THE GARDEN – gardens and museums

The Spring Festival of Museums was organised for the 22nd time on 20-21 May 2017 by the Hungarian National Museum. This unique cultural festival attracts almost 40 000 visitors annually and provides an opportunity for more than 120 Hungarian museums to present their collections. The team of Danube Museum joined in the event as well.

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In face of floods – in the margin of commemoration 1956

2017. október 31., kedd 10:30

In the Hungarian National Memory October 23rd is the day of the outbreak of the 1956 Revolution and War of Independence, one of the most determining events of 20th-century Hungarian history that we all remember to. It began with the peaceful demonstration of students of Budapest University of Technology; the agitation rhyme was "Poland is an example, follow the Hungarian path!" The revolution began on October 23rd and ended on November 11th when the resistance of armed rebels was put down.
It is hardly known by anyone that the Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and Council on the assessment and management of flood risks came to effect ten years ago on the same day October, 23rd 2007. The anniversary itself is not comparable with the '56 events, but it is important to point out that the Floods Directive got the green light both internationally and nationally to prevent flood risks and mitigate flood damage.
The creation of the EU Directive has its history. It is well known that due to social and economic development and changes in land use result that the potential for damage is constantly rise in floodplains. Besides flood risk is an increasing problem both in terms of frequency and rising flood levels as a result of changes in natural processes and the effects of human interventions. Record-breaking flood events that caused massive damage throughout Europe in the last two decades prove this.
As an important milestone a decision was made by Water Management Directors of the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and candidate countries in Copenhagen in 2002 that a Best Practice Document would be prepared on flood prevention, protection and mitigation.
At the closing day of the international conference “Budapest Initiative on Sustainable Regional Development” in 2002 Joint Statement “Budapest Initiative on Strengthening International Cooperation on Sustainable Flood Management” was accepted by the Heads of Delegations – the Prime Ministers of Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and the Brandenburg Province; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria and other senior guests.
The Flood Action Programme of ICPDR Danube Basin was a milestone. The 5th International Conference of ICPDR (Vienna, 2002), that was established by the Sofia Convention for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Danube River, decided on establishing a regular Flood Protection Expert Group (FP EG) in order to facilitate the development of the Sustainable Flood Action Plan of the Danube River Basin and in order to bring into practice and apply LISFLOOD Early Warning System of the European Commission in the Danube Basin.
The Action Programme was approved by the Ministerial Meeting of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River on December 13th, 2004.
In view of the foregoing and the 25-point preamble of the Directive, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have adopted the Directive in the spirit of sustainable development, prevention, partnership and solidarity and made its implementation compulsory for all Member States. The objective of the measure is to develop a joint perspective of flood risk management in the territory of the European Union.
The Directive places risk management of floods due to excess water – floods, inland inundation, submergence of valley-bottoms, flash floods – on European level Mutual funds. The concept includes the national risk management objectives, principles and priorities and necessary measures. It also includes the shift from the principle of equal safety to risk management, from defensive disaster management to prevention, to the principle of preconsidered and differentiated safety.
The fulfilment of regulations falls within the remit of water management body, and it is adopted to the Hungarian legal system with Decree No. 178/2010.(V.13.). The first period of national implementation was coordinated by the General Directorate of Water Management and the "Hungarian Flood Risk Mapping and Strategic Risk Plan" project was completed, which involved developing the methodology, obtaining necessary data, making a preliminary assessment of risk, making hazard and risk maps in addition to making risk management plan.
The Risk Management Plan is part of a comprehensive policy strategy called "Kvassay Jenő Plan – National Water Strategy" (KJT), which is the framework strategy for Hungarian Water Management up to 2030 and its mid-term action plan up to 2020.
The document fits into the constitutional principles, national and EU regulations, other strategies, plans, programmes (e.g.: National Environmental Programme, National Rural Strategy, New Széchenyi Plan, EU Strategy for the Danube Region, etc.).
This year, the second period of implementation of the Directive has begun, which includes the review of results.
During the preparation of Flood Risk Management Plan and during the review, we are in the process of harmonizing with the EU Water Framework Directive. Owing to the continuous coordination of design work, since the Flood Risk Management Plan and River Basin Management Plan are being prepared in the same institutional system, under the guidance of General Directorate of Water Management with the professional participation of Water Management Directorates. The review is to be made in accordance with Article 14 of the Directive and the information set out in its Annex, taking into account the "Joint Implementation Strategic Guidelines" issued by the Commission and approved by Water Management Directors.
The water sector seeks to define its professional objectives and technical content, in addition to fulfilling the professional requirements that was set out in the regulation, in order to facilitate the methodological development of the assessment and management of flood risks, as well as to undertake the steps towards integrated water management that was composed in various international recommendations.
 

Written by Éva Csengeriné Veczán

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