Climate protection on the Danube Island

Climate change has a negative impact on the flora and fauna of the Danube Island and thus increases maintenance costs. The EU's LIFE DICCA project is intended to counter the negative effects.

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The metropolis of Vienna has several valuable green spaces, such as the Donauinsel (Danube Island), the Lobau and Prater areas, or the Vienna Woods. They all serve as recreational areas for the city's residents. As green oases they cool the city when it is hot. However, these eco-systems will increasingly come under pressure if we do not develop a strategy to adapt to the effects of climate change.

The Danube Island is a precious eco-system, and with a length of 21 kilometres it is Vienna's largest recreational area located by a stretch of water. But climate change has a negative influence on the Danube Island's vegetation and wildlife.

The EU project LIFE DICCA is scheduled to run for 5 years and is intended to counter the negative effects of climate change by taking targeted action. The abbreviation "DICCA" stands for "Danube Island Climate Change Adaptation".

Project area

The project covers the entire Danube Island with an area of about 4 square kilometres, the directly connected surface waters and the connected groundwater system.

Project goals and activities

The planned activities are intended to help protect the Danube Island as an eco-system on the one hand and as a recreational area on the other. They include measures in the fields of ecology and biodiversity, a climate-friendly sustainable maintenance management, a new wind-powered irrigation system or the management of visitor flows to protect sensitive eco-systems.

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