Project description - LIFE+ Alte Donau

The LIFE+ Alte Donau project was co-financed under the European Union's LIFE+ Programme and served to manage the long-term development and safeguard the quality of the urban lake Alte Donau.

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Bodies of standing water in urban areas are often extremely vulnerable to even the slightest changes. Climate change and the growing anthropogenic pressure from its use as a bathing area - with a large number of associated recreation facilities and leisure businesses – constitute major challenges for the Alte Donau.

The EU LIFE+ project "Integrated Lake Management of the Urban Lake Alte Donau - LIFE+ Alte Donau for short - had the objective of safeguarding the quality of the Alte Donau for the long term, both as an ecologically valuable beauty spot and as a popular local recreation area.

Environment Programme of the European Union LIFE+

Integrated Water Resource Management

In order to continue meeting these challenges successfully in future, the project developed and combined various different sets of measures under the approach of "Integrated Water Resource Management".

Measures - Integrated Water Resource Management

Project area

The project area comprised the whole of the Alte Donau urban lake, which has a surface area of 160 hectares, the directly connected bodies of surface water, the connected groundwater system and the immediate urban environment.

Stakeholders

Alongside Municipal Department 45 - Water Management (MA 45), other municipal departments of the City of Vienna, municipal district councils, companies and local businesses are concerned with the use and upkeep of the Alte Donau. Various target groups in Austria and abroad benefit from the project.

Stakeholders in the LIFE+ Alte Donau project

Key data

  • Project title: Integrated Lake Management of the Urban Lake Alte Donau
  • Short project title: LIFE+ Alte Donau
  • Duration: July 2013 to March 2018
  • Budget: EUR 3.6 million, 50 per cent co-funded by the EU
  • Coordinator: City of Vienna, Municipal Department 45 - Water Management

Contact

Municipal Department 45 - Water Management

Logo of the LIFE+ Programme of the European Union: The word "Life" in yellow, surrounded by yellow stars

The LIFE+ Alte Donau project was funded under the LIFE+ Programme of the European Union as part of the "Environment Policy and Governance" strand.

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