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One of the main challenges the Danube Delta faces right now is mass tourism in the short summer season, when there is a high demand on a limited accommodation and service capacity. During the rest of the year there are no responsible travel offers. This means that revenues fall sharply, creating economic uncertainty and encouraging intensive resource exploitation.
Prepare yourself before you arrive and think about some ethical principles during your stay in the Delta. Here are some tips for your more responsible travel in the Delta.

Minimise carbon emissions

Use energy and water sparingly
  • Before you arrive in the Delta, try and plan your trip by travelling light, using direct flights and public transport instead of rented cars or boats.
  • Once you arrive in the Delta, try and save as much electricity and water as possible.
  • Especially during the summer months there is a limited supply of cold water, due to high demand. Some guest houses have solar powered water heating systems, but in general it is crucial to save electricity in order not to overload the power grid and to avoid power shortages during the day.
Share a boat
  •  Try and use the local ferry. You can find the seasonal schedule and its destinations for all three Danube river branches (Sf. Gheorghe, Sulina, Chilia) here: http://www.navromdelta.ro/program-nave/
  •  Office for ferry tickets: no. 26, Portului St., https://goo.gl/maps/eAXZPJv2JpB2
  •  If you choose the private transport option from Mahmudia or Murighiol, ask the local provider if the boat is full (usually 6 persons maximum per boat) and try and reduce your impact and fuel consumption per traveler

Leave no trace

Reduce noise pollution while wildlife watching
  • When you and your guides are using engine boats for exploring an area, ask them to either reduce the speed or turn off the engine especially when you are going through the resting, nesting or feeding areas for birds. Your guide will know where they are and because local livelihoods depend on wildlife watching activities you will do your share in protecting the local biodiversity. This will also make your experience more valuable and you will never forget the silence or the wild sounds that will surround you.
  • Please keep your voices down and don’t play any music in the boat. We know most of you will do that, but please don’t forget you are in wilderness and this place has its own rhythm. In the end, responsible travel can be a collective effort and if we are all doing our share, this place has more chances to be better protected and cherished.
Chemical pollution
  • Like any wetland the Danube Delta is like a huge water filter. But it has a limited capacity especially for the nasty pollutants and substances that can’t be broken down and usually end up affecting many organisms living here. Currently, there is a limited capacity of wastewater treatment in the area. Even more so, it’s very important to be conscious about the use of chemical products when you travel here. Try and use a minimum of cosmetics and toiletries or use the ones that are biodegradable (i.e organic or environmentally friendly ones) and certified by a scheme in your country.
Recycle the non-biodegradable waste
  • Please be very aware of the damage plastic residues can have on Delta’s fauna, flora and landscapes.
  • Try and bring your own reusable containers for carrying water around or the packed meals you’re going to get from your hosts.
  • Hand over all the plastic bottles to your host or dispose of them in the collection places (i.e. Sf. Gheorghe village has a street collection system).
  • Don’t throw any waste overboard.

Respect the local community and nature

Be curious of the local history
  • Before you arrive in the Delta, read as much as you can about the local history, traditions and customs. Ask the local community about their history or family stories and they will be glad to share them with you.
  • Local identity is a very important aspect of local communities’ life and people’s ethnicity defined the local lives for hundreds of years.
Observe nature with minimal impact
  • Explore the Delta outside the times of high use or high season (June – August) in small groups with like-minded fellow travellers.
  • Danube Delta is a hotspot for species migrations. Fish like the sturgeon family and the Pontic shad and numerous bird species are making their way to the reproduction, nesting, resting or feeding grounds during spring and autumn seasons. To witness these journeys is unforgettable and offer yet another reason to come visit the Delta outside the high season, contributing to expanding the responsible tourist season and to the local economy.
  • Hire local guides and local expertise in order to contribute to the local economy. And your money will contribute to the local development of the area, which will mainly go towards education and raising the living standards.
  • Check the Reduce noise pollution while wildlife watching section above.

 

Learn more about a profound link between the community and its tradition in 

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