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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2024-07-17 - 2025-02-16

80 years after the catastrophic Danube flood of 1954, the extent of the flooding at that time and how the population and the protective water management authorities dealt with it are examined from an environmental historical, hydrological and aquatic ecological perspective. Numerous structural protection measures have been implemented since 1954, which have reduced the areas flooded by similarly large floods to this day. The comparison with the 2013 flood is intended to illustrate these differences.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2024-04-16 - 2027-04-15

Springs and spring brooks are sensitive special ecological sites and biodiversity hotspots. However, these habitats are highly endangered by anthropogenic influences and many of the spring specialists are on the Red List of endangered species. The reasons for the threat are manifold: backfilling, enclosures, groundwater abstraction, overgrazing, cattle trampling and increased organic pollution. As part of this project, two impaired spring systems are to be restored to a near-natural state and the typical spring communities re-established. The planned implementation measures include the construction of a buffer zone around the spring area (pasture fence), the introduction of dead wood along the upper reaches of the spring stream and the partial cessation of riverbank management. Continuous monitoring of two indicator groups - stoneflies and caddisflies - serves to verify the effect of the measures. The interested public is involved in the project through local information campaigns and public relations work. In dialogue with scientific experts, a supra-regionally applicable action guide on the topic of spring protection and renaturation is also being developed, which will make a decisive contribution to the long-term improvement of this endangered habitat.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2024-06-01 - 2026-11-30

The project "Dialogue Agriculture & Water" is a project of national and supra-regional importance that contributes to the achievement of national environmental protection goals and is intended to support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive, the Austrian Biodiversity Strategy 2030+ and the regional strategy "My Region. My Value" strategy. The overall goal of this project is to make agricultural use compatible with nature and water protection and to create and maintain an appreciative dialog. We want to approach this goal by creating a communication and possibly even cooperation platform between interest groups and stakeholders from the agricultural sector (chambers, farmers) as well as from science (water ecology, hydrology) and environmental and nature conservation (NGOs), which is specifically dedicated to the focus "water". The aim of this cooperation is to jointly discuss and analyze current areas of conflict in the field of agriculture and water protection, and at the same time to identify possible solutions.

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