Visit to WILDislands in Austria

On September 18th representatives of viadonau, the DANUBEPARKS Association, the LIFE WILDisland project, the National Park Donau-Auen management, the Austrian Federal Forests (Österreichische Bundesforste - ÖBf) and the engineering company RIOCOM visited two project sites of on-going restoration projects in the Donau-Auen National Park, namely the Paradeis island complex (Danube4all project) and the Schwalbeninsel island complex (LIFE WILDisland). 

The aim of the visit was to once again introduce the projet measures and provided restoration measures to ÖBf on site, discuss the future access to the construction sites and locate potential storage sites for the extracted embankment stones. The two revitalization projects are intrinsically connected, since they both involve embankment removal and river redynamization and belong to the overall WILDisland concept for island conservation and non-intervention management.

ÖBf is an important stakeholder for us, since the areas of the National Park are distributed among five different landowners. The largest share is held and managed by the Austrian Federal Forests (ÖBf). However, ÖBf is not only involved in the Danube Floodplains National Park with land, but is also anchored in the management and implementation of the work. Together with the Donau-Auen National Park GmbH and the Forestry Office of the City of Vienna (MA 49), we manage the protected area.

We are therefore really grateful for the overal support and interest in our on-going nature conservation projects and ideas.

For more information:
Georg Frank - DANUBEPARKS: