The Carpathians and the Alps belong to one of Europe’s most important natural areas. The designation of the Alpine Carpathian Corridor ensures the continuity of this precious ecological network.

In the framework of the project “Alpine Carpathian River Corridor” the habitat network of aquatic organisms in the Slovakian-Austrian border area shall now be protected and improved.

The protected areas (Danube wetlands, Zahorie, the Vienna Woods, Morava) close to the cities of Vienna and Bratislava serve as important areas for nature conservation and also recreation. These protected areas nevertheless can only achieve their goal of protection if their connection is ensured via natural corridors. In this context the network of watercourses and streams plays a major role. Unfortunately their multi-functionality is compromised by regulating and transverse structures, poorly structured alluvial forest and intensive agriculture in the surrounding areas.

Main objectives

  • Strengthening the habitat network of the Alpine Carpathian Corridor and enhancement of rivers as ecological corridors through the implementation of revitalization and other habitat improving measures.
  • Increasing of efficiency and coherence of protected areas and Natura 2000 in the Slovakian-Austrian border region through transnational experience exchange and elaboration of common standards and concepts.
  • Mid-term and long-term assurance of habitat improving measures in the Alpine Carpathian River Corridor through awareness raising in public and anchoring this initiative on the eco-political agenda.

 Project outputs

The main planned outputs of the project are:

Joint development of strategic concepts and transnational strategies for river management, development of common standards and common definition of future progress goals:

  • Feasibility study and action plan – role of rivers of the Slovakian-Austrian border area for the advancement of the Alpine Carpathian Corridor
  • Transnational revitalization concept for rivers of the Alpine Carpathian River Corridor

Design and implementation of 13 pilot measures to restore and revitalize rivers and streams within the Alpine-Carpathian region to improve the quality of habitats and to strengthen the habitat network as well as secure their experiential value:

  • Implementation of different options of river revitalization (e.g. riverbank renaturation, river bed widening) and habitat improvement for the rivers ‘Schwechat’, ‘Fischa’, ‚Rudava‘ and the catchment area of ‘Mociarka‘ and ‘Malina‘ together with local, national and transnational stakeholders.

Documentation and presentation of project achievements by flagship- and indicator species:

  • Implementation of conservation measures for selected species such as the Dice Snake, Kingfisher, Nase together with volunteers, schools, NGOs, and municipalities.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project goals

Main objectives

  • Strengthening the habitat network of the Alpine Carpathian Corridor and enhancement of rivers as ecological corridors through the implementation of revitalization and other habitat improving measures.
  • Increasing of efficiency and coherence of protected areas and Natura 2000 in the Slovakian-Austrian border region through transnational experience exchange and elaboration of common standards and concepts.
  • Mid-term and long-term assurance of habitat improving measures in the Alpine Carpathian River Corridor through awareness raising in public and anchoring this initiative on the eco-political agenda.

 Project outputs

The main planned outputs of the project are:

Joint development of strategic concepts and transnational strategies for river management, development of common standards and common definition of future progress goals:

  • Feasibility study and action plan – role of rivers of the Slovakian-Austrian border area for the advancement of the Alpine Carpathian Corridor
  • Transnational revitalization concept for rivers of the Alpine Carpathian River Corridor

Design and implementation of 13 pilot measures to restore and revitalize rivers and streams within the Alpine-Carpathian region to improve the quality of habitats and to strengthen the habitat network as well as secure their experiential value:

  • Implementation of different options of river revitalization (e.g. riverbank renaturation, river bed widening) and habitat improvement for the rivers ‘Schwechat’, ‘Fischa’, ‚Rudava‘ and the catchment area of ‘Mociarka‘ and ‘Malina‘ together with local, national and transnational stakeholders.

Documentation and presentation of project achievements by flagship- and indicator species:

  • Implementation of conservation measures for selected species such as the Dice Snake, Kingfisher, Nase together with volunteers, schools, NGOs, and municipalities.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project goals

Role viadonau - Revitalization of the Fischa’s river mouth

In the frame of the project viadonau plans and implements the revitalization of the river mouth of the Danube tributary “Fischa” in Lower Austria. The current riverbank reinforcement on both banks is removed and lowered, thereby returning the river mouth to a more natural shape and improving it ecologically. By this measure significant steps towards the improvement of the habitat network of the Danube are made.

This measures is element of the Catalogue of Measures for the Danube east of Vienna.

Partner

The bilateral project ‘Alpine Carpathian River Corridor’ is implemented by 7 partners from both Austria and Slovakia and 10 strategic partners:

Project partner:

The following strategic partners have a supporting role and represent important multipliers for the project work:

Duration and budget

Project duration: 01.09.2017 – 30.08.2020

Budget: EUR 2.1 Mio.
EU-funding (ERDF): EUR 1.79 Mio.

Ko-financing:

  • BMNT
  • Provincial Government of Lower Austria – department conservation
  • Schwechat Water Association

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