River landscape-types in Austria

"Leitbilder" (guiding vision) for a sustainable development of river landscapes

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managed by:

Susanne Muhar
Department of Hydrobiology, Fisheries and Aquacultur, BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna

end of project: 2003 05


Content/Results: Structure Plan

Sub-module 1
Classifying River Landscapes

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Sub-module 2
Model Conception: Leitbild Development for River Landscapes

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Sub-module 3
Leitbild Development for the River Landscape Möll (Carinthia/Austria)


In aquatic environments, planning in the form of so-called river management concepts is a recognized and institutionalized approach. Nonetheless, limits for unrestrained transdisciplinary concepts remain because the competence at the administrative level is split. At the same time, research results and practical experience demonstrate an increasing need for integrative concepts if river landscapes are to be sustainably developed. This project provided an opportunity to pursue a broader methodological approach, one that transcended the above restrictions. It also included restoration measures, which have received too little emphasis in the past. The aim is to apply an integrative process to elaborate those variants that best reflect the ecological, economic and social goals.

The project group applied the latest scientific knowledge (evaluation methods to determine ecological status, the evaluation of sustainability, the integrative approaches of water management) and utilized the most recent water policy legal instruments (EU Water Framework Directive) to evaluate the status quo of the Möll river landscape. This was then used to develop two Leitbild approaches (normative scenario – good ecological condition / participatory scenario – Möll Valley regional Leitbild). The specification of the normative Leitbild yielded numerous recommendations whose sustainability and ecological implications were evaluated; these measures were also subjected to a cost-benefit analysis. Overall, sub-module 3 attached great importance to participation and transdisciplinarity. In the framework of two Möll Valley workshops and work meetings, local knowledge and opinions were incorporated into the project; the authorities and planning experts responsible for the Möll Valley were also able to provide input. At the same time, this enabled the group to inform the local authorities about the experience and results gained from the research project. Based on the results, specific recommendations about aims and measures were made for the Möll; these recommendations are aimed at the political and legislative level, at scientists as well as at practical planning in the framework of regional planning, agriculture, river engineering, environmental protection and water conservation. Moreover, the results were fed back into “Model Conception: Leitbild Development for River Landscapes” (sub-module 2).



Sub-module 4
Future Strategies for Applying River Landscape Leitbilder

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Supplementary Module
Anthropogenic Uses and Impacts in and along the River Möll around 1830

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