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.

Ecological objectives

In the coming years, the project partners in Bavaria and Upper Austria will implement numerous measures for the ecological development of the riverscape on the Lower Inn. These include near-natural bypass waterbodies at the Inn power plants at Braunau-Simbach and Egglfing-Obernberg as well as the creation of further waterbody habitat in the areas around the Inn power plants at Ering-Frauenstein, Egglfing-Obernberg and Schärding-Neuhaus.
Measures in the project LIFE Riverscape Lower Inn

Strong project partners

Stronger together! As project promoter, VERBUND receives significant support from the EU LIFE+ fund, the government of Lower Bavaria as higher-level conservation authority, the conservation department of the Office of the Upper Austria Provincial Government, and from the regional fishing associations of Upper Austria and Bavaria.
Project partners