The Danube at the Bulgarian city of Rousse
Global conservation organisation WWF and Coca-Cola with the support of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) launched the first information website on the Danube river, Danube +, Dnevnik daily reported on June 29 2011.
The website will provide people with the opportunity to explore virtually the river and its banks via satellite and learn more about the river's hidden nature treasures.
Andreas Beckmann, director of the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, said that the aim of the website was to keep the public informed about the natural values and threats to the Danube and about the importance of the stretch of water.
The river flows through 10 countries and four European capitals, and its drainage basin includes parts of 14 countries.
An estimated 83 million people live in the Danube river basin while more than 20 million people depend directly on the Danube for drinking water.
Flowing 2857km from Germany's Black Forest to the Danube delta and into the Black Sea, the Danube is recognised by the European Commission as the "single most important non-oceanic body of water in Europe" and a "future central axis for the European Union".