Case study:Austria Upper Mur - Public relations in murerleben I + II LIFE III (LIFE03 NAT/A/000011) and LIFE+ (LIFE+ 08 NAT A 614) „Inner-Alpine river basin management – Upper River Mur - murerleben I+II" 2003-2015

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Status In progress
Project web site http://www.murerleben.at/index.asp?pg_nr=76448&lang=en
Themes Habitat and biodiversity, Monitoring, Social benefits
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 public relations are an integral part of all projects on the river Mur. The population is informed about the project by regular press releases, information-boards, folders, press conferences, festivities and the project homepage. Additionally, school projects, events and the production of two films for the documentation of the results took place. Until now great success could be achieved by the realized measures in order to ameliorate the variety structures on the river Mur. Buying more land and reactivating flood plains provides passive flood protection. By means of intensive public relations the project is present in the people’s minds and the awareness and appreciation for the habitat river Mur was increased. „murerleben“ is an important step towards a close to nature and worth living future on the Upper Mur - many steps should follow in any cause.

Kindergarten Jägersteig Judenburg: In several excursions to the river Mur one group of the kindergarten dealt with the river landscape. After learning about the existing flora and fauna, the children experienced the "landscape river Mur"´ in a playful manner with songs and stories. Regarding the 20th anniversary a song called "Murerleben" was prepared and performed.

BG/BRG Judenburg: The gymnasium Judenburg prepared two projects. On the one hand pupils have adressed bio-monitoring in the school lesson "science and nature" and on the other hand 23 pupils of the 7th class have dealt with the design of seats and information boards. They presented their miniatures to a seven-headed jury consisting of representatives of the federal state Styria and freiland Environmental Consulting Civil Engineers Ltd.. The members of the jury were enthusiastic over the creativity and the ideas. Since November last year they prepared drafts and finally presented their manufactured miniatures separately. The jury’s main criteria were the practicability, the resistance to weather and the protection against vandalism. Four of the twelve models were realised in the course of the next years and serve as recreation oases and information points. Two locations are planned in the Lässer alluvial forest, a further one at the Ingering estuary (municipality of Apfelberg), as well as one in St. Peterer alluvial forest (municipality St. Peter/Jdbg.). The group of pupils occupied with bio-monitoring are going to realise electrofishing under a specialized guidance at the river Mur already this autumn.

School for Food and Agriculture, Großlobming: An important partner during the events on site is the school for food and agriculture in Großlobming. The school girls arranged not only a perfect catering but also served their self-made snacks in form of a fish.

Simultania Judenburg: The project "Milestones along the river Mur“ is a large and extensive pupil project at which the Simultania in Judenburg, headed by Prof. Helmut Ploschnitznigg, took part. A group of young persons with a handicap have created wooden pillars along the total project area at the river Mur. This project will be continued at "murerleben” LIFE+ successfully. The wooden pillars, worn away due to their weather exposal, will be replaced by newly designed wooden pillars and will decorate the riverside of the river Mur in all colours.

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