The Institute for Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG) started leading a three years Interreg-project taking place from 2018 to 2021. MEASURES (Managing and restoring aquatic ecological corridors for migratory fish species in the danube river basin) will pave the way for the establishment of ecological corridors through identifying key habitats and initiating protective measures along the Danube and its main tributaries. In total, twelve Institutions from eight Danube River Basin countries are taking part in the project.
Following activities and outcomes are planned:
A methodology for migratory fish habitat mapping will be developed and tested. A harmonized strategy (including prioritization) for the restoration of ecological corridors will be developed and will support implementation in future management plans. Two pilot actions are envisaged: (1) identify and map key habitats, (2) restocking of two native species to conserve their genetic pool (Acipenser ruthenus, Acipenser gueldenstaedtii). A network for concerted restocking of targeted species will be established, as well as a manual for the operation of broodstock facilities. A MEASURES Information System will be created to facilitate access to information for experts, decision makers and the general public. Concrete input into the next drafts of policy- and management plans (e.g. river basin- and flood risk management plans) will secure the translation of project outcomes into sustainable management of relevant sites restoring ecological corridors.
The official Kick-Off event takes place from 1st to 2nd October at the BOKU.