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Budapest 09 October 2013. Austria’s Strategy to cope with Urban and Rural Water Challenges Karl SCHWAIGER karl.schwaiger@lebensministerium.at Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management Acting Water Director.

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Budapest

09 October 2013

Austria’s Strategy

to cope with Urban and Rural Water Challenges

Karl SCHWAIGER karl.schwaiger@lebensministerium.at

Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Acting Water Director



Facts and figures on austria 2
Facts and Figures on Austria (2)

Vienna

Arableland

Mountainousarea

Grasslandandforests

2/3 of Austria ismountainous(areaswithindarklines)


Facts and figures on austria 3
Facts and Figures on Austria (3)

Meanprecipitation: 1m (from <0.5 mm upto 3m); <4% of resourcesareused !

Vienna


Key challenges 1
Key challenges(1)

comprehensive + sustainable protection of all waters irrespectively of their uses,

Provision of high quality drinking water + environ-mental sound disposal of waste water,

Flood risk management to reduce damage,

Reconcile hydropower generation with river ecology


Ad protection of all waters 1
Ad protection of all waters(1)

Based on National Water Act; keygoals

  • Preventdeterioration of status

  • Restorewatersto „goodstatus“

    „goodstatus“ defined in detailbysecondarylegislation

  • all uses of water (above insignificance) need permit

  • Uses have to comply with comprehensive set of secondary legislation (e.g. limit values for waste water)


  • Ad protection of all waters 2
    Ad protection of all waters (2)

    To ensure nationwide similar application highly qualified and impartial administration needed

    Key instrumenttoachieve „goodstatus“ areriverbasinmanagmentplans


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