LIFE+ Network Danube: goals and measures

Using a multitude of ecological measures we are trying to restore uninterrupted, natural fish migration paths through run-of-river power plants on the Danube.

Danube LIFE+ Network: Measures

Danube LIFE+ Network: Measures
Using a multitude of ecological measures we are trying to restore continuous accessibility for fish through run-of-river power plants on the Danube.

 


LIFE+ Danube Network: Goals – Fish Accessibility and Danube Habitats

Fish accessibility is to be implemented through the new construction of bypass channels, which, in addition to accessibility and traversability, are also to provide natural habitats. Implementation will ensue in compliance with currently valid guidelines (FAH guidelines from the federal ministry) and will also be evaluated by means of scientific examinations (fish ecological monitoring).

  • Restoration of continuous accessibility of the Danube for all occurring species
  • Creation of habitats by means of gravel structures, lateral integration of connecting bodies of water
  • Integration of Natura-2000 areas (stepping stone biotopes between conservation areas)
  • Reinforcement of fish stock in the surrounding areas as well
  • Closing the gaps between LIFE projects in Lower Austria that have already been realised
  • Upgrading of earlier investments
  • Implementation of the Water Framework Directive

Alongside the structural measures at the 3 Danube power plants, studies on the optimal fish ladder site are being conducted for the Danube power plants of Aschach (Upper Austria) and Ybbs-Persenbeug (Lower Austria). With that, VERBUND is preparing the goal of making the entire Danube passable for fish by 2020.