LIFE+ Traisen: New life in the floodplain

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The Traisen is one of the largest rivers in Lower Austria. During construction of the Danube power plant Altenwörth, the Traisen was lengthened by 7.5 km and nowadays empties into the Danube downstream of the power plant. The riverbed used to run in an even, straight line through the floodplain between Traismauer and Zwentendorf. This section of river offered little habitat for typical animals and plants and was not connected to the surrounding landscape or the bodies of water in the floodplain. The ability of fish to pass through the area was complicated by obstacles and in some places impossible.

A natural river course with densely vegetated banks: that’s what the area around the mouth of the Traisen in Lower Austria looks like today. This was made possible by the LIFE+ Traisen project – Austria’s largest land restoration project to date. Many endangered kinds of flora and fauna have found a new home here.

Partners in the LIFE+ Traisen project

Logos of the project partners
VERBUND took on the project management and the majority of the costs. The EU funded large parts of the project with means from the EU-LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity Fund.

Other financing partners: Office of the Lower Austrian Provincial Government, Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Lower Austria Landscape Fund, Lower Austrian Provincial Fisheries Association, viadona, and with the support of the Hezogenburg Monastery of the Augustinian Canons and the Grafenegg Forestry Commission. Also involved are the companies entitled to purchase electricity at the Altenwörth power plant: Energie AG, KELAG and VKW. 

LIFE+ is a funding programme of the EU for supporting conservation projects in Natura 2000 areas. The Natura 2000 network of protected areas is intended to help preserve the diversity of wild flora and fauna as well as habitats throughout Europe. The LIFE+ Traisen project is making a significant contribution to improving the Natura 2000 area.