UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Program recognized the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve in 1992. The delta is Europe’s largest wetlands, making it Europe’s largest natural water purification system. The 2,200-square-mile region contains a series of lakes and channels around a network of islands forming an internationally significant site for migratory and nesting birds.
Over 300 species of birds have been recorded here, including some globally threatened species, like the Pygmy Cormorant. Sustainably harvested water reeds from this area are shipped to England for thatching cottage roofs. A luxury five star eco-resort recently opened on the banks of the Delta’s Lake Somova, offering cozy private villas and fine cuisine along with boating and birding.
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013