09 Aug Field Trip: Via Donau Field Trip to River Restoration Project in the Wachau Valley
The Austrian waterway company Viadonau follows an integrative approach to the river basin management of the Danube, in which ecologically motivated restorations are implemented in addition to infrastructure improvements. The LIFE+ project “Auenwildnis Wachau” is a good example to show in which way restoration measures can also be implemented on an international waterway, such as the Danube river.
After seven years of reconnecting tributaries, river bank restoration, floodplain afforestation and a variety of species protection measures on the bend in the Danube between Rührsdorf and Rossatz, the EU-funded LIFE+ “Auenwildnis Wachau” project celebrated its conclusion on July 3rd 2022. The project represents a fine-tuning of the river landscape with impressive figures: 300,000 cubic meters of gravel and soil were moved, 5,000 black poplars were planted, a 1,600-metre-long tributary was connected to the Danube and, for example, 50 new ponds for amphibians were created. viadonau and the project partners of the Wachau-Dunkelsteinerwald World Heritage Association and the town of Rossatz-Arnsdorf look back on a long list of achieved nature conservation goals.
The field trip and guided tour on December 1st 2022 will give you the opportunity to experience the impressive results of a river restoration project in one of the most beautiful river landscapes in Europe.