Francine Cousteau named Ambassador of Danube Delta

Francine Cousteau, head of Cousteau Society, received on Tuesday from Environment Minister Nicolae Nemirschi, in Tulcea (Romania), the diploma of ambassador of the Danube Delta for her merits in the international promotion of the region.

Francine Cousteau has come to Romania, at the invitation of MEPs (Member of the European Parliament) Victor Bostinaru and Daciana Sarbu. She attended, with Tarik Chekchak, Head of Program for the Cousteau Society the conference on ‘Conservation of the Danube Delta through regional policies of environment protection of the European Union", part of a wide‑ranging Danube Delta promotion project. This project for the implementation of infrastructure and pollution cleaning projects for the Danube Delta area started in Brussels, during an event at the European parliament in December organized by Romanian MEPs, Victor Bostinaru and Ramona Nicole Manescu.

The Danube Delta, second largest delta in Europe, shelters a highly diverse flora and fauna, unique in Europe, with numerous rare species. It hosts more than 20 natural ecosystems, but due to the extent of wetlands the aquatic environment is prevalent. Situated on major migratory routes, it provides in particular adequate conditions for many bird species nesting.

Francine Cousteau offered her full support for the promotion of the Danube Delta in the world. "I am proud to receive this prize, in the same way in which Jacques-Yves Cousteau was proud by his work of promotion of the environment, which I continue today." she said, impressed by the beauty and uniqueness of the Delta.

Expedition on the Danube

This video compiles extracts from two Cousteau's films on the Danube river and the delta. The 2-years expedition on the Danube resulted in four films that show the high diversity and the uniqueness of Danube's natural habitats. But these films also point out the multiple dangers and pollutions that threaten these fragile systems.