Ecological strength of rivers
18 November 2019
Rivers and flood-plains are major connecting elements between existing protected biodiversity areas.
The Alpine Carpathian River Corridor Project, co-financed by the INTERREG V-A Slovakia-Austria cooperation programme which focuses on smart and sustainable growth in the Austrian-Slovak border region, is a transnational pilot-project that aims to ecologically strengthen rivers as migration corridor between both countries.
Within the project, which has a duration of 3 years, knowledge transfer, joint concepts and the implementation of best practice measures are the basis for successful cooperation. Conservation and foster activities for selected rivers are developed by experts from both countries. The implementation of restoration measures improves the habitat quality of rivers which will be monitored with flagship species like kingfisher or dice snake.
7 partner organisations implement the project through involvement of municipalities, interested parties and education centres (schools, universities), showing rivers are an important part of the cross-border landscape and raising awareness about their functions.
Renaturation of the Fischa estuary is implemented by viadonau to improve ecological conditions of the entire Danube section east of Vienna.