Cristina Sandu

Danube Sturgeon Task Force (DSTF)

Dr. Cristina Sandu is the coordinator of the Danube Sturgeon Task Force (DSTF), established in the frame of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region - Priority Area 06 Biodiversity (DSTF – EUSDR PA 06) with the aim to foster sturgeon revival. Born in July 1966, she graduated in chemistry in 1989 at the Polytechnic Institute Bucharest, and 5 years later joined the Institute of Biology Bucharest of the Romanian Academy, where she works since over 20 years as researcher in freshwater ecology. She took her PhD in 2005 and was involved in several international projects, cooperating with research teams, policy level, NGOs and local communities from the Danube Region. Since 2009, as representative of the International Association for Danube Research, she cooperates with the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) for the Danube River Basin Management Plan. Elected in January 2012 as DSTF coordinator, she led the preparation of Sturgeon 2020 Program for sturgeon conservation in the Danube River Basin and the adjacent Black Sea and contributes actively to its implementation. She is seeking for synergies with major regional stakeholders, aiming to support the recovery of these iconic species and ensure an environmentally friendly development of the area.