Protection for humans & nature

VERBUND does its part for environmental protection and takes measures to enhance biodiversity 

Protecting habitats and safeguarding biodiversity

VERBUND invests in environmental protection as well as ecological measures in order to safeguard or enhance the diversity of animals and plants. Expenditure of around 280 million euros is anticipated until 2027 for land restoration measures and the creation of river continuity projects. Of this, around 140 million euros had already been invested by 2018.

Not only fish, but all organisms in and around water, profit from the fish bypasses - or fish migration aids (short FAH) - and  bypass streams. Biotopes and measures for protection of birds have improved many habitats along line routes.

Details on the project to actively interlink the wetlands at Traisen can be found under LIFE+ Project Traisen. further information on the planned network along the Danube can be found on the webpages of LIFE+ Network Danube.

Current projects and measures

VERBUND provides an overview of the current projects and measures for the protection of biodiversity here.

Name of project/measure; link to information* Type Habitat Fauna/Flora GRI-Disclosure Species**
additional information
Fish pass Kraftwerk Paternion (Drau) Fish pass   304-3
News Obere Drau2
Fish pass Kraftwerk Weinzödl (Mur)

Fish pass
Water adaptation

Fish pass Kraftwerk St. Veit (Salzach)
Fish pass     304-3    
Fish pass Kraftwerk Mühlrading (Enns) Fish pass     304-3
Fish pass Wehr Thurnsdorf (Enns) Fish pass     304-3
Water adaptation Wehr Thurnsdorf (Enns) Water adaptation     304-3
Fish pass Kraftwerk Enns (Enns) Fish pass     304-3
Fish pass Kraftwerk Ottensheim-Wilhering (Donau)

Fish pass


Blog Bypass channel Ottensheim2

News Ottensheim Fish pass 05/20162

News Natura2000 06/20182

Fish pass Pesenbach Stauraum Ottensheim-Wilhering (Donau)

Fish pass     304-3
Fish pass Große Rodl Stauraum Ottensheim-Wilhering (Donau) Fish pass     304-3
Structuring Stauraum Abwinden-Asten (Donau) Morphologic improvement     304-3
  News  Abwinden- Asten2
Fish pass Abwinden-Asten (Donau) Fish pass     304-3   
Structuring Stauraum Altenwörth (Donau)
Morphologic improvement     304-3

News Traisen2

Fish pass Kraftwerk Altenwörth (Donau) Fish pass     304-3
Fish pass Kraftwerk Greifenstein (Donau) Fish pass     304-3

Blog article 8/2017 Greifenstein2

News Greifenstein 1/20182

News Greifenstein 4/20182

Fish pass Kraftwerk Nußdorf (Donau) Fish pass

Blog article 8/2017 Nußdorf2

News 4/2017 FWH Nußdorf2

Fish pass Kraftwerk Gars  Fish pass      304-3   News 3/2015 FWH Gars2  
Fish pass Kraftwerk Stammham  Fish pass
Fish pass Kraftwerk Perach 
Fish pass
Habitat-improving measures for protection of fish populations (Inn) Promoting biodiversity     304-3
  Article in "Auenmagazin"1,2
Fish stock monitoring with video (Drau) Promoting biodiversity     304-3
Sustainable Rivermanagement  Promoting biodiversity     304-3  
Huchen - Danube salmon - Homing (Donau)
Promoting biodiversity     304-3 Huchen (EN)  
Ornithologic monitoring Windpark Petronell-Carnuntum Offset habitat     EU13 Steinkauz (EN)
Kaiseradler (CR) 
Monitoring offset habitats Windpark Hollern II
Offset habitat     EU13 Rebhuhn (VU)
Wachtel (NT)
Hohltaube (NT)
Species conservation Sakerfalke 2 Promoting biodiversity     304-3 Sakerfalke (CR) APG-News Sakerfalke 10/2016 
Species conservation Wiedehopf 2 Promoting biodiversity     304-3
Wiedehopf (CR)  

* Link to information contains descriptions of VERBUND projects extracted from "The National Water Management Plan 2009: Implemented Measures of Austrian Hydropower"; Publisher: Österreichs E-Wirtschaft 

** Project for protection of certain species in brackets: specification of endangerment according to red data book 
CR ... Critically endangered, EN ... Endangered, VU ... Vulnerable , NT ...  Near Threatened

1 Extract from "Auenmagazin 11/2017 - Magazin des Auenzentrums Neuburg a. d. Donau in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bayerischen Landesamt für Umwelt" 

2 German only

When projects are subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the information is available on the public websites of the environmental authorities: 
In Austria in the EIA database of the Austrian Federal Environment Agency, e.g. the EIA decision for the LIFE-Traisen project.
In Germany in the nationwide EIA database or the database of the German federal states

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