Danubius International Conferences, 4th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

Principles of Good Governance in Administration of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

Valentina Cornea
Last modified: 2014-05-15


Designation of Protected Natural Areas is a generally accepted method to protect national natural heritage. This study analyzes the special administration of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, recognized as a Protected Natural Area. In this regard, there are considered the following: the national regulations in concerned field, the forms and tools whereby this institution provides the objectives achievement for which it was established, the elements of leadership, enforcement, consultation, guidance and supervision from the institution's structure. The principles of good governance are used as a methodological reference point for assessing the administration quality.

The study conclusions show that the administration of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority is strongly influenced by social and economic factors. The way of creating, hierarchical position and the role of elements from the institution structure represent  a clear evidence of its politicisation, which limits its effective performance of key stakeholders role in environmental policy making.