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VERBUND does its part for environmental protection and takes measures to keep and enhance biodiversity
Conservation and diversity
A vast biodiversity of animals and plants ist especially important for a thriving environment. To safeguard and improve biodiversity VERBUND invests in environmental protection and in ecological measures.
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 bypasses and from the many bypass arms. These species can overcome barrages and continue their migration through fish bypasses. We are developing additional habitats along our watercourses and creating places of retreat for rare plant and animal species like amphibians, insects and birds. Restructuring measures and morphological alterations include for example the establishment of shallow water zones and additional side channels. Thus, we pay attention to linking new measures with existing projects, in order to generate synergies.
Experts regularly carry out ornithological monitoring at our wind parks in order to investigate the effects on the habitat and the breeding behaviour of various bird species. We implement measures and create biotopes for animal protection along transmission lines. Successful species protection projects include the promotion of bird species such as the great bustard, saker falcon, hoopoe or Ural owl. Biotope protection projects focus on transmission routes in forests which are popular retreats, breeding sites or feeding grounds for animals such as birds, insects or mammals. These areas can also be valuable habitats for rare and endangered plant species. In intensively used agricultural areas, the areas under the poles are specially designed, so that they can serve as a refuge for many plants and animals
Environmental partner projects at VERBUND
LIFE+ partner projects at VERBUND
Projects and measures
The following overview presents a selection of projects and measures at VERBUND for promoting biodiversity:
|Area||Measure and link to information||Type||Objectives||Species protection**|
|Danube||Altenwörth fish pass and environmental measures (German only)||Construction of a fish pass, creation of spawning possibilities as well as ecological upgrading of the side arm and fish-passable connection of the Mühlkamp river||Creating consistency, morphological improvement, networking of the Krems/Kamp/Mühlkamp/Danube and creating habitat|
|Danube||Danube side arm wetland (German only)||Nutrient filter and biotope||Water quality improvement|
|Danube/Kamp||Altenwörth side arm threshold (German only)||Adaptation of the side arm traverse||Creating consistency|
|Danube||Greifenstein reservoir (German only)||Construction of fish passes (slot pass)||Creating consistency|
|Blue Belt Danube/Inn||Aschach fish pass (German only)||Construction of a fish pass||Creating consistency|
Annabrücke (German only)
|Fish stock survey with video monitoring||other ecological measure|
|Danube salmon homing||other ecological measure||Danube salmon (EN)|
|Ornithological support monitoring at Petronell-Carnuntum wind farm||Offset habitat|| Little owl (EN)
Imperial eagle (CR)
|Monitoring of compensation areas at Hollern Wind Farm II||Offset habitat|| Grey partridge (VU)
Common quail (NT)
Stock dove (NT)
|Species protection saker falcon (German only)||Biodiversity-promoting measure||Saker falcon (CR)|
|Species protection Eurasian hoopoe (German only)||Biodiversity-promoting measure||Hoopoe (CR)|
* Link to information relevant for reporting pursuant to GRI 304-1 and GRI EU13.
** In brackets for projects for the protection of specific species: information on species endangerment according to the red list
CR ... critically endangered, EN ... endangered, VU ... vulnerable, NT ... near threatened
If projects are subject to an environmental impact assessment, the information is available on the websites of the environmental agencies:
In Austria, in the UVP documentation of the Austrian Environment Agency, e.g. the UVP decision (German only) for the LIFE-Traisen project.
In Germany, in the federal UVP database (German only) or the database of the German federal states (German only).
If you have any further questions or would like information on projects from previous years, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.