Case study:Austria Upper Mur - LIFE III (LIFE03 NAT/A/000011) „Inner-Alpine river basin management – Upper River Mur - murerleben I" 2003-2007

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Project overview

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Status Complete
Project web site http://www.murerleben.at/index.asp?pg_nr=60460&lang=en
Themes Environmental flows and water resources, Flood risk management, Habitat and biodiversity
Country Austria
Main contact forename Jörg
Main contact surname Raderbauer
Main contact user ID User:9984
Contact organisation freiland Environmental Consulting Civil Engineers Ltd.
Contact organisation web site http://www.freiland.at
Partner organisations Office of the Styrian Government - Department 14 Watermanagement, resources and sustainability
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The project "Inner Alpine river basin management Upper Mur" was conducted within the framework of the EU funding program "LIFE-Nature" and focused on the restoration, improvement and long-term protection of the natural floodplains and the river landscape of the Upper Mur. The flood protection for the population of the Mur valley was an essential requirement. The measures cover the area of the three political districts Murau, Judenburg and Knittelfeld.

During the four-year project, more than 90 kilometers of the river were made passable for fish, seven cutoff meander and tributaries were revitalised or newly created. The "passive flood protection" - an important goal of water protection management - could be realised through purchasing and reactivation of approximately 17 ha retention areas alongside the river as flood inundation area. The recreation and adventure area on the river Mur was created or enhanced to 4 km of river length.

The total investment amount was about EUR 2.2 million, the EU financed 50% thereof. The national share has been taken over by the lead partner, the Government of Styria, represented by the Departments of Water Protection Management and Nature Protection, and other partners. Major funding has been provided by The Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

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LIFE III (LIFE03 NAT/A/000011) „Inner-Alpine river basin management – Upper River Mur - murerleben I" 2003-2007 and LIFE+ (LIFE+ 08 NAT A 614) „Inner-Alpine river basin management – Upper River Mur - murerleben II" 2010-2015 ©freiland
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Project background

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Project started 2003/08/01
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Project completed 2007/07/31
Total cost category 1000 - 5000 k€
Total cost (k€) 2125
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2,125,000 €
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Funding sources EU Life Programme (50%)

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Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Flood risk management, Intensified farming around river banks
Hydromorphology Continuity for organisms, Quantity & dynamics of flow
Biology Fish: Abundance, Fish: Species composition
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Bank/bed modifications Creation of bars, Creation of Slips, Creation of undercut banks and islets, Creation of fish passes
Floodplain / River corridor Regeneration of alluvial forests, Creation of pond
Planform / Channel pattern Reconnection of water bodies to the river
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