The river Morava is the biggest left bank tributary in the upper course of the Danube and simultaneously the only near-natural lowland river of Pannonian character in Austria. Periodic floods are characteristic for the meadows and floodplain forests along the March.
The project’s objectives are the illustration of the effects of climate change in regard to the river Morava and the implementation of measures to improve the rivers water regime at the delta. Thus, the natural habitats in the floodplain forests and the river itself will benefit. The water level will be raised during times with low precipitation to guarantee continuous water flow in the river bed. As a result, the planned area will be available sustainably and the ecological value will increase.
The project was submitted end of 2019 in the course of the INTERREG programme Austria-Slovakia. In autumn 2020 the funding approval was granted.
First steps will be the generation of a local climate survey, the detailed planning of water level optimisation and first renaturation activities.
The project makes a substantial contribution to the implementation of measure
17. Execute restoration measures implementing the EU Water Framework Directive of the Action Programme for the Danube 2022.