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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-07-26 - 2018-09-25

In 1988, the contruction of the Viennese Danube Island and the New Danube were completed. For the 30th anniversary in 2018, a small exihibition will be prepared to display the history of planning and contruction. Target groups are visitors of the Danube Island and the recreation areas of the New Danube. They shall be informed that planning and construction were accompanied by complex and long debates about an improved floodprotection of Vienna. Based on previous knowledge and new search especially for visual material, this project will deliver posters dealing with flood protection, landscape palnning and architecture, recreation and eecology.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-07-01 - 2019-12-31

The research project investigates the applicability of hydro-acoustic 2D telemetry in the River Danube downstream of the power plant Freudenau. The aim of the study is to record detection rates and positioning accuracies of hydro-acoustic telemetry transmitters under different environmental conditions. The study is designed as a feasibility study for a comprehensive research project on migration routes of adult cyprinids.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-06-01 - 2021-05-31

Riverine ecosystems are the lifelines of the Danube River Basin (DRB). They are highly valuable in environmental (key ecological corridors), economic and social terms (e.g. navigation, hydropower, floodwater management), but are subject to increasing pressures related to intense human uses (e.g. pollution, hydromorphological alterations). River- and habitat continuity interruptions constitute one of these major pressures, as they hinder aquatic organisms to access vital habitats, disrupting their life cycles and thus, threatening overall aquatic biodiversity. The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) has highlighted over 900 continuity interruptions present in the Danube/its major tributaries, stemming from different infrastructure projects such as flood protection, hydropower generation and navigation. These are barriers especially for fish and thus, for ecological corridors, by threatening their natural migration patterns and by preventing access to species specific habitats/spawning grounds in all sections of the Danube River. Although the need of river continuity restoration and its importance for species conservation was clearly highlighted in the Danube River Basin Management Plans (DRMPs) in 2009 and 2015, the implementation process still needs a harmonized approach at basin wide level. Thus, fostering the connectivity of habitats and promoting the establishment of ecological corridors for improving migratory paths of endangered fish species in the DRB is a clear need and requires concerted, transnational cooperation. Taking sturgeons and other migratory fish species (e.g. shads, barbel, nase etc.) as flagship species for all migrants of international relevance in the DRB, MEASURES aims to establish transnational ecological corridors by connecting protected habitats encompassed by the current network of protected areas along the Danube River and major tributaries with other critical hotspots for biodiversity. This will be based on the assessment of habitats and the development of strategic frameworks, an information system and concerted measures related to ex-situ conservation for endangered species. These actions are fully in line with the requirements of EU legislation as the Water Framework Directive (WFD), Habitats Directive (HD), Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD and Biodiversity 2020 Strategy. The harmonized strategy produced in WP6 will be disseminated at policy level in relevant countries and on transnational level, aiming to raise governmental and political support for embedding ecological corridors and key outputs of the project into the future national and international policy instruments (N2000 management plans, RBMPs, national action plans for species conservation etc.). All project outputs will significantly support the implementation of EUSDR targets for sustainable navigation development, water quality and biodiversity conservation (PA 01, PA 04, PA 06).

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