LIFE Riverscape Lower Inn

EU-funded ecological development of the riverscape on the Lower Inn

The Lower Inn is a lifeline and shapes the habitat far beyond the riverbanks. In the last 200 years, people have shaped and considerably altered the Inn. Land reclamation, navigability, flood defences and the desire for fixed, invariable borders have contributed significantly to the remodelling of the riverscape. It was only these massive structural changes to the river that later enabled the construction of power plants. In addition to the reliable power supply, they also caused the stabilisation of the riverbed, which eroded more and more due to the increased flow velocity of the Inn. The power plants and their large storage areas are also the reason behind the creation of today’s Lower Inn European conservation area, which is considered to be a paradise for birds.