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River Basin Agenda


River Basin Agenda AlpineSpace



Lead Partner

The Free State of Bavaria; Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection, Department 5, Water Management

Lead Partner Country


Project Website


05/2003 - 04/2006

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

3.314.985 €

ERDF in €

1.390.200 €

Project Summary

The risk potential in river basins has risen sharply throughout Europe due to the enormous pressures of utilization in the narrow valleys. In order to improve safety for the valley populations, increased, sustained inter-regional and transnational commitment is required. The Alpine River Basin Agenda thereby makes innovative contributions in 10 selected river basins: - from working focused on the riverbed to planning and working in the whole river basin; - from end of pipe measures in the riverbed to the reduction of damage potential in the risk zones; - from sectoral planning to integrated River Basin Management; - new forms of cooperation: flood protection – spatial development; - new dynamic planning methodology (first implementation phases during planning); - integrated planning: involve stakeholders at an early stage; - new communication strategies to promote the bottom up approach to reach more acceptance. The River Basin Agenda aims to transfer innovative methods experimented on a small scale to larger areas.

Project Objectives

The floods of the past several years have shown that reliable flood protection can be achieved only with a combination of technical solutions, prediction models and additional room for flood protection / retention. Infrastructure planning, land use and resource protection require an integrated approach due to spatial limitations. The Water Framework Directive sets tight deadlines for drawing up management plans. Furthermore, an increasingly urbanised population requires increased opportunities for leisure and vacation activities. Thus, water management in Europe is faced with a complex task. Water management authorities in the Alpine Space are reacting to this with the River Basin Agenda. The best solutions are developed on a cooperative basis.
The main objectives are:
- the development of new methods to recognise future risk scenarios and effects of floods (early detection of and reaction to risks) with particular consideration of climatic change;
- the harmonization and integration of existing sectoral methodologies: implementation of integrated river basin management as a new, efficient planning tool;
- the integration of the main environmental impacts and aspects of resource management;
- the investment planning through programmes that are directly involved in practical decision-making of local and regional authorities;
- to show added value of river basin management for both, the awareness raising of the public and for local stake holders through new marketing and communication mechanisms.

Project Achievements

Project Result Files


EU Project Partners

Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung, Abteilung Wasserwirtschaft (Austria)
Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung, Fachabteilung Wasserbau (Austria)
Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung; Abteilung 19 Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft (Austria)
Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Abteilung Wasserwirtschaft (Austria)
Comune di Budoia (Italy)
Groupe de Recherche Rhone-Alpes (France)
Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano-Alto Adige-Ripartizione 30 Opere idrauliche (Austria)
Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning; Agencija RS za okolje (Slovenia)

Non-EU Project Partners

Swiss Federal Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (Switzerland)

Contact Person

Kumutat, Claus

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