The Gesäuse LIFE Nature Project

Das LIFE Projekt „Naturschutzstrategien für Wald und Wildfluss im Gesäuse“ war ein Meilenstein für die Naturschutzarbeit im Nationalpark und dessen Vorfeld.The LIFE Project in the Gesäuse National Park was an important stimulus for nature conservation measures both in the National Park and "Ennstaler Alpen/Gesäuse" NATURA 2000 site and in the adjoining "Pürgschachen Moos" site along the Enns between Selzthal and the entrance to the Gesäuse. Significant improvements were achieved in the two NATURA 2000 sites through cooperation between a number of institutions (Styrian flood protection, torrent and avalanche control, and forest authorities) and the National Park: from the development of long-term management plans via visitor management to large-scale river restoration. These positive developments will be continued in the future thanks to cooperation with neighbouring conservation areas and partners in the region.

LIFE Monitoring

Das LIFE Projekt „Naturschutzstrategien für Wald und Wildfluss im Gesäuse“ wurde von einem intensiven Monitoring begleitet.Monitoring plays a major part in every LIFE Nature project. Have the measures to improve the habitats or to encourage a particular species actually worked? In the worst case the reasons for failure – learning from your mistakes – should at least be made public. Without documented results and monitoring a project would not eligible for support.

The LIFE project Gesäuse and its outcome...

Der Johnsbach kann sich nach der Neugestaltung durch das LIFE Projekt in vielen Bereichen wieder ein natürliches Gewässerbett mit entsprechenden Strukturen schaffen1 km of riverbed of the Enns and Palten was rewilded, a 5 ha area between the Enns and Palten was allowed to assume its natural dynamics. The Enns guideline includes plans for improving the ecological status of a further 105 km of the course of the Enns. On the Johnsbach new pioneer habitats were created along 5 km and the natural river was made passable for fish throughout its length.