Rivers are the lifelines of sustainable development in the Alps. They provide multiple ecosystem services such as clean drinking water for human consumption, irrigation for agriculture, they are home to a myriad of organisms, they provide recreation opportunities, and their power helps us to produce energy. However, Alpine river ecosystems are a vulnerable natural capital, which are often under pressure from various human activities and lack sufficient protection.
The project SPARE (Strategic Planning for Alpine River Ecosystems – Integrating protection and development) aims at contributing to a further harmonization of human use requirements and protection needs. Nine project partners from six Alpine countries are working together to
- improve strategic river management approaches across different spatial and governance levels of the Alps, while integrating ecosystem services and participatory approaches
- exchange, adapt and capitalize existing river management experiences and good practices
- provide a pan-Alpine overview of the environmental status of rivers
- identify ecologically sensitive river stretches as scientific foundations for protection strategies
- promote awareness of the functions and services provided by Alpine rivers, as well as their vulnerability
SPARE lasts from December 2015 to December 2018 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme.
For further information, please visit the SPARE homepage http://www.alpine-space.eu/SPARE
Department of Water-Atmosphere-Environment
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG)
Susanne Muhar | susanne.muhar(at)boku.ac.at