Case study:National Park Danube-Auen

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Project overview

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Status Complete
Project web site http://www.donauauen.at/?area=nationalpark&language=english
Themes Habitat and biodiversity, Hydromorphology, Monitoring
Country Austria
Main contact forename Stefan
Main contact surname Schneeweihs
Main contact user ID User:Nationalpark Donau-Auen
Contact organisation Nationalpark Donau-Auen
Contact organisation web site http://http://www.donauauen.at/?area=nationalpark&language=english
Partner organisations via donau
This is a parent project
encompassing the following
projects
Hainburg River Restoration, Witzelsdorf Pilot Project
Aquatic habitat near Lobau

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The Danube-Auen National Park lies between the European capitals Vienna and Bratislava. With over 9,300 hectares area, the park protects the last remaining major wetland environment in Central Europe. For a distance of just over 36 km, the Danube flows freely and is the lifeline of the national park. The dynamic rise and fall of water levels - sometimes up to 7 meters - mean that the wetlands landscape is constantly recreated and reformed. In this way, the flow of the Danube creates habitats for a large number of plants and animals.

With the founding of the Donau-Auen National Park in 1996, this area was made an international refuge for posterity. Here, an ecosystem can blossom free of commercial constraints, thus guaranteeing that future generations may also experience first hand its power and beauty.

The Donau-Auen National Park extends from Vienna all the way to the mouth of the March River (also called Morava) on the border to Slovakia. Thirty-eight kilometres long, at its widest point the Danube measures only around 4 km; the wetlands are only found directly on the Danube. To the north of the national park are the broad plains of the Marchfeld. To the south, the boundary is formed by the breakline of the Vienna Basin. The Lobau area has always been a popular recreational area, especially for the Viennese. Running through the national park are both the long-distance rambling trail 07 and the Danube Cycling Path, which comes from Passau and continues to Hungary via Hainburg.

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Catchment and subcatchment

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River basin district Danube
River basin Danube

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River name Danube
Area category more than 10000 km²
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Maximum altitude category Less than 100 m
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Other case studies in this subcatchment: Conservation of alluvial, Hainburg River Restoration, INTERREG MED WETNET - Memoradum on Participation in Wetland Conservation in Ljubljansko Barje Nature Park, Marsh protection in Egyek–Pusztakócs, Regelsbrunner Aue, The Bulgarian Wetlands Restoration and Pollution Reduction Project, Witzelsdorf Pilot Project


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