A high-performance transport system is an important basis for economic development and social welfare. A future-oriented transport system produces low emissions and a minimum number of accidents. At the same time, it reduces resource consumption while efficiently absorbing the increase in traffic. Navigation on the Danube can make a significant contribution to such a transport system, since in comparison to all other transport modes it has the lowest external costs as well as large available transport capacities. That makes it an important component of sustainable and resource-efficient multimodal transport networks in Europe.
Environmentally friendly river engineering and innovative conservation of waterways and streams are essential issues along the Austrian Danube. The basis is formed by the European Water Framework Directive and the Austrian River Basin Management Plan. In the area of technical environmental protection, great importance is given to nautical-technical innovations and climate change as well as projects for prevention and disposal of ship-generated waste. All activities are embedded in a broad network of cooperation partners.
Together with viadonau/Danube Flood Control Agency (Donauhochwasserschutz-Konkurrenz) the bmvit (Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology) assists the federal provinces, municipalities and local flood protection authorities with the protection of population, buildings and infrastructure along the Danube, March and Thaya from negative effects of flood events. This is done through comprehensive preventive measures and competent operations management in case of a major flood and disaster situation.
Objectives Flood protection: