Interreg ornament

SO23 Water

Key Information


Lead partner

Észak-dunántúli Vízügyi Igazgatóság

Email:

titkarsag@eduvizig.hu

ERDF co-financing:

€ 236 300,00

Total budget:

€ 278 000,00

Timeline:

01/2017 – 12/2018

Project partners

Amt der Burgenländischen Landesregierung (Bundeswasserbauverwaltung Burgenland)

Summary


In the last decades the joint river basin of the Leitha/Lajta River has been affected by several floods which caused widespread damage in the neighbouring regions of Austria and Hungary. The flood risk in the border region can only be reduced efficiently by transnational and coordinated flood risk management as stipulated in the EU Flood Directive.

The necessary basic information, preliminary flood routing calculations and possible measures have been elaborated within the former "Ceframe" project and a bilateral Memorandum was signed with recommendations for future cooperation. Since the APSFR areas are not aligned at the border in this area, further common strategic activities are necessary for the adjustment of the safety level to the particular requirements of each of the two countries. The flood propagation of the last 37 km of the Leitha/Lajta river is a complex process where inundations, reservoirs, and several riverbeds are effective. Both countries' measures influence reciprocally the local conditions. Only coordinated efforts lead to mutual benefits.

The main objective of the project is the implementation of the bilateral Memorandum for strategic flood risk management: support the Austrian-Hungarian Water Commission (AHWC) decision making procedure with necessary investigations and calculations, fix already known problems with direct field measures, involve and exchange information with the local communities, prepare up-to-date plans for the forecasted circumstances with the essential incorporation of the ecological aspects. It is a unique opportunity to establish a tangible international flood risk management strategy, where the integrated solutions really serve the regulations of the EU Flood Directive, Water Framework Directive and Habitat Directive. Furthermore the results fit the demands from the local till the macro-regional level.

Key Information


Lead partner

Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung, Abteilung 14, Wasserwirtschaft, Ressourcen und Nachhaltigkeit

Email:

robert.schatzl@stmk.gv.at

ERDF co-financing:

€ 1 643 181,92

Total budget:

€ 1 933 155,20

Timeline:

07/2015 – 06/2019

Project partners

Nyugat-dunántúli Vízügyi Igazgatóság
Amt der Burgenländischen Landeregierung, Abt. 5 - Baudirektion, HR Wasserwirtschaft
Észak-dunántúli Vízügyi Igazgatóság
Landessicherheitszentrale Burgenland Gesellschaft mbH (LSZ-GmbH)
Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem

Summary


Flood events at both, the Austrian and the Hungarian part of the catchment area of the Raab, cause flooding and, consequently, result in a risk to life and infrastructure. Therefore, it is in the interest of the organizations which are responsible for flood control and disaster management, to inform in case of floods as early as possible, how the expected flooding is going to develop - to plan an efficiently disaster response, even across borders.

The overall objective of the project is to reduce the risks of flooding in the catchment area of the Raab significantly by expected flooding in their spatial extent and temporal course are displayed in a to developing warning tool. The core outputs of the project are on the one hand the updated flood forecast model Raab, on the other hand the to be developed warning tool for displaying the expected flooding areas and the necessary precipitation and flooding scenarios catalogs on the Austrian side and the 1D-2D online models on the Hungarian side. There is a huge benefit from these developments on the one hand, for the operator of the forecast models, on the other hand, for the organizations of the flood and disaster management and the affected population of flood.

The common approach of the project is to provide dynamic information for the organizations responsible for flood and disaster prevention. With such dynamic information it may predicted, which floods are expected. This information makes it possible to carry out the action planning across borders. This project makes it possible to not only provide flow forecasts at defined water bodies, but also in addition the expected flooding areas.

Key Information


Lead partner

Land Burgenland

Email:

helmut.rojacz@bgld.gv.at

ERDF co-financing:

€ 1 216 916,66

Total budget:

€ 1 431 666,66

Timeline:

01/2017 – 12/2019

Project partners

Észak-dunántúli Vízügyi Igazgatóság

Summary


The Lake Neusiedl - as one of the biggest and most important natural and cultural landscapes of Central Europe – is of highest relevance for a large number of different uses. A well-functioning exchange of water and substances between the open water and the reed belt is enormously important in order to preserve good water quality. However, there are still serious deficits in knowledge and action in this regard.

The fundamental objective is to preserve and ensure good water quality and good ecological and chemical status of the lake. By implementing the project, necessary measures can be formulated. Since the lake area is divided by the state border between Austria and Hungary, this can only be reached through a common approach.

The project helps to close the wide knowledge gap by conducting enquiries with regard to the exchange of water and substances between the reed belt and the open water resp. to the significance of these processes for the water quality. By doing so, the necessary data bases for water management will be created. On the basis of the knowledge gained, a water management plan will be elaborated (main output), which forms the basis for a long-term, integrated concept aiming the protection and sustainable safeguarding of the water quality and develops recommendations on a bilateral monitoring for condition assessment of the lake.

Within the project, the reed belt forms the main focus for the first time. By elaborating the management plan from the point of view of the water sector, among others, recommendations can be made for an optimized creation of channels within the reed belt, which can contribute to securing good water quality. In addition, the approach of the condition assessment will be renewed: the lake is for the first time being dealt with as a whole (open water AND reed belt).


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