Conservation and diversity
To safeguard or improve biodiversity, the species diversity of animals and plants, VERBUND invests in environmental protection and in ecological measures. Expenditure of around 280 million euros is anticipated until 2027 for land restoration measures and the creation of river continuity projects.
Restoring the continuity of major rivers is one of the key objectives of the European Water Framework Directive. We fulfil this, wherever possible, through new, near-natural accompanying waterbodies. Not only fish, but also all organisms in and around the habitat of water benefit from fish passes and from the many bypass arms. We are developing additional habitats along our watercourses and creating places of retreat for rare species. In doing so, we pay attention to linking them with existing projects, in order to optimise the synergies of the measures taken to protect the environment.