KaraWAT

Strategija trajnostnega upravljanja vodnih virov v Karavanke UNESCO Globalnem Geoparku / Strategie zum nachhaltigen Wassermanagement im Karawanken UNESCO Global Geopark

The Karawanken UGG will develop a transboundary water strategy with support of 2 research institutions. This strategy will serve the implementation and the achievement of the IR programme objectives for the management and economic use of water resources. The project focuses on the “smaller” rivers and streams mentioned in the programme document. The water systems are connected in several ways and can only be studied and managed on a transboundary basis; many flood protection measures, as well as the protection and use of water bodies, can only be designed and implemented on a transboundary basis. For its long-term development, the 14 municipalities of the Geopark need a strategy, for protection and potential of its waters. The strategy will be developed based on the results of a scientific elaboration of basic principles as well as technology-based pilot actions in a broad participation process. The project aims at the development and application of innovative technologies for the management of surface and underground waters. An innovative interactive viewer for the consolidation and analysis of information on water management will be developed, combining Austrian and Slovenian data sets on the region in a model way. Three bilateral pilot actions deal with relevant topics. In the pilot action on integrated water management, exemplary measures are being developed that stress on smooth water flows and reduce the risks of natural desasters. The project does not focus exclusively on the streams themselves, but on measures in the catchment area of the watercourse and in the area of all tributaries. In the pilot action on the thermal and mineral waters, models and possibilities for the valorisation of water are being developed. In a pilot action for monitoring karst waters, new technologies and instruments for monitoring karst waters will be applied and tested. All 3 pilot actions will be used to discuss a cross-border water strategy in the Karavanke in the future.

Priority axis 2

Investment Priority 6f
SO 1: Innovation in sustainable management and utilization of water resources

Project duration

1 January 2021 – 31 August 2022

Contracted ERDF

296.891,52 EUR

Project Partners

Geološki zavod Slovenije (Lead Partner)

EVTZ Geopark Karawanken m.b.H.

Fachhochschule Kärnten – gemeinnützige Privatstiftung