Case study:Water is Environmental Pearl (WEP) - SLO-HU ETE 2007-2013

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Status Complete
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Themes Flood risk management, Habitat and biodiversity
Country Hungary, Slovenia
Main contact forename Zsuzsanna
Main contact surname Engi
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Contact organisation Eko-park LLC., Lendava, Slovenia
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The aim of the project is to prepare the revitalization plan of two small streams based on a geodesic survey. The steams were straightened and channelized, old natural steam beds became oxbows, and were filled up at several places. The objectives are to restore meanders, water depth variation, and to create new aquatic habitats and natural banks with native plant coverage.

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Catchment and subcatchment

Subcatchment:Szentgyorgyvolgyi stream


Name Catchment of River Mura
WFD water body codes HU-RW-AEP646
WFD (national) typology AEP646
WFD water body name
Pre-project morphology Straightened
Reference morphology Sinuous, Pool-riffle
Desired post project morphology
Heavily modified water body
National/international site designation EU - Special Protected Area
Local/regional site designations
Protected species present
Invasive species present
Species of interest
Dominant hydrology
Dominant substrate Gravel, Sand
River corridor land use Intensive agriculture (arable), Urban, Plantation forestry
Average bankfull channel width category 2 - 5 m
Average bankfull channel width (m)
Average bankfull channel depth category 5 - 10 m
Average bankfull channel depth (m)
Mean discharge category
Mean annual discharge (m3/s)
Average channel gradient category
Average channel gradient 0.2
Average unit stream power (W/m2)

Project background

Reach length directly affected (m)
Project started 2009/09/01
Works started 2011/01/01
Works completed 2011/12/01
Project completed
Total cost category 500 - 1000 k€
Total cost (k€) 910 k€
910,000 €
Benefit to cost ratio
Funding sources European Regional Development Fund

Cost for project phases

Phase cost category cost exact (k€) Lead organisation Contact forename Contact surname
Investigation and design West-Transdanubian Water Management Directorate Zsuzsanna Engi
Stakeholder engagement and communication
Works and works supervision Solvex co., Hungary
Post-project management and maintenance

Reasons for river restoration

Mitigation of a pressure Flood risk management, Reservoir impoundment
Hydromorphology Quantity & dynamics of flow, Continuity for organisms, Structure & condition of riparian/ lake shore zones
Other reasons for the project


Structural measures
Bank/bed modifications Providing of continuity, Creation of fish spawn nursing places, Restoration of the connection of side arms, Creation of fish refuge areas
Floodplain / River corridor Planting, Removal of exotic plants
Planform / Channel pattern
Non-structural measures
Management interventions
Social measures (incl. engagement) Recreation, Tourism
Other Information provision, Consultation


Hydromorphological quality elements

Element When monitored Type of monitoring Control site used Result
Before measures After measures Qualitative Quantitative
Continuity for organisms Awaiting results
Channel pattern/planform

Biological quality elements

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Fish: Species composition Awaiting results

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Additional links and references

Link Description Centre for Ecological Research HAS - The institute network of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is set to produce values for both national and international success in Hungarian and universal science. The Centre's primary aim is to play a fundamental role in promoting the common weal and in building the foundation for the future through valuable scientific achievements based on highly promising discovery research. The Centre consists of three institutes, the Balaton Limnological Institute, the Danube Research Institute and the Institute of Ecology and Botany. General Driectorate of Water Management - General Directorate of Water Management (OVF) is a background institution of the Ministry of Interior. It supports the work of the Minister regarding the flood management. Its main task is the coordination of flood hazard prevention, river control and flood protection activities, and the management of development projects concerning water bodies. OVF has 12 regional directorates which are coordinating the catchment management planning according to the requirements of the EU WFD. They take preventive and protective measures against floods, carry out status assessments and are the leading organizations in the management and implementation of river restoration projects. National Institute for Environment - The National Institute for Environment (NeKI) is a background institution of the Ministry of Rural Development, and assists the Minister in the various duties of water management, environmental protection and nature conservation. NeKI has 12 regional branch offices, and is in charge of the strategies, policies and regulations regarding the management and exploitation of water resources. It performs environmental monitoring, status and impact assessments, administrates the national network for hydrological, hydrographical, hydrogeological and quality measurements of public waters. NeKI also coordinates the planning and the implementation of national and EU projects. en.php National Inspectorate for Environment, Nature and Water - The Inspectorate attends to administrational and water management matters, to analyses and consideration of law proposals in its field, and it supervises its 10 regional inspectorates as well. It coordinates international co-operations and takes part in the tasks connected to the EU integration. The regional inspectorates and two sub-offices are the 'green authorities' at first instance. The regional inspectorates are responsible for registration, monitoring, protection, conservation, reconstruction, rehabilitation, authorization and penalty processes regarding environment, nature and water in their assigned territory. WWF Hungary - WWF Hungary is the Hungarian arm of the WWF Network and was founded in 1991. It's main aims are protecting the biodiversity of Hungary by focusing on freshwaters, forests and priority species. They are also fighting against climate change and they support WWF's conservation work as well. They participated in the development of the Danube Strategy, as well as organized conservation projects on Hungary's two largest rivers, the Tisza and the Danube. International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) - The ICPDR is an International Organisation consisting of 14 cooperating states and the European Union. Since its establishment in 1998, the ICPDR has grown into one of the largest and most active international bodies of river basin management expertise in Europe. The ICPDR deals not only with the Danube itself, but also with the whole Danube River Basin, which includes its tributaries and the ground water resources.

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