Budapest 09 October 2013. Austria’s Strategy to cope with Urban and Rural Water Challenges Karl SCHWAIGER [email protected] Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management Acting Water Director.
2/3 of Austria ismountainous(areaswithindarklines)
Meanprecipitation: 1m (from <0.5 mm upto 3m); <4% of resourcesareused !
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
Based on National Water Act; keygoals
„goodstatus“ defined in detailbysecondarylegislation
To ensure nationwide similar application highly qualified and impartial administration needed
Key instrumenttoachieve „goodstatus“ areriverbasinmanagmentplans