Life on the Wild River

Published, on 25 September 2022
Project status: ongoing
Nature conservation project
© Mario Posch

Life on the Wild River

Successful completion!

At the end of 2020, the INTERREG project "Diverse life on our mountain rivers" will also come to an end.

We are celebrating this special event, not as planned with a closing event, but with a specially produced video that sums up the essential aspects once again.


We would also like to make our printed material available for download:

Project content

Many endangered animal and plant species only find a suitable habitat in and around the last alpine wild rivers, such as the Ammer, Iller, Isar, Lech, Loisach, Rißbach and Tiroler Achen, as well as in their tributaries. Attracted by the breathtaking beauty of these landscapes, numerous sports and nature enthusiasts also visit these areas to relax and recharge their batteries while hiking, cycling, rafting or simply admiring the scenery. However, threatened species such as the sandpiper or the German tamarisk react very sensitively to disturbances, especially those caused by humans. How can recreational tourism take place and still maintain species protection?

The Interreg project "Diverse life on our mountain rivers". addresses precisely this problem and thus aims to create the conditions for a harmonious coexistence of man and nature across borders. To achieve this, the Landesbund für Vogelschutz e.V. and the Tyrolean Lech Nature Park, the District Office Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen and the Karwendel Nature Park the following measures are planned:

  • Development of common, uniform quality standards for visitor guidance and monitoring.
  • Preparation of management plans and visitor guidance concepts
  • Development and implementation of a multi-level communication concept
  • Survey of selected target species and establishment of a uniform monitoring system
  • Installation, expansion and qualification of rangers
  • Establishment of self-explanatory signage that is as uniform as possible

Support programme

The three-year project is funded by the EU INTERREG Austria-Bavaria 2014-2020 cross-border funding programme from the European Regional Development Fund.

Key data on the Interreg project AB179 "Mountain Rivers

Short title of the project: Diverse life on our mountain rivers
Subtitle: For a respectful coexistence of man and nature
Lead: Landesbund für Vogelschutz in Bayern e.V.

Project partners: Tiroler Lech Nature Park, Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen District Office, Karwendel Nature Park

Project period: 01.01.2018 to 31.12.2020
Project scope: € 338,435.00
Project area(s): Iller, Lech, Loisach, Ammer, Isar, Rißbach, Tiroler Ache

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Planned measures of the Tiroler Lech Nature Park within the framework of the Interreg project

The wild river Tiroler Lech meanders through its valley with its turquoise-blue water past villages. Large relocation stretches, wide alluvial forest areas and side valleys that serve as retreats make up the Tiroler Lech Nature Park. Due to the diversity of natural habitats, many rare and protected plant and animal species have one of their last places of occurrence here. Enchanting landscapes and exceptional biodiversity - all this is offered by the Tiroler Lech Nature Park, which is a nature conservation and Natura 2000 site in its entirety.

The beauty and wildness of the Tiroler Lech Nature Park is attracting more and more visitors who want to use and enjoy it. In order to still maintain environmental and species protection, a new visitor management concept is needed. This is a component of the Interreg project "Diverse life along our mountain rivers". The project also includes the signposting of the numerous entry and exit points for white-water sports enthusiasts along the wild river Lech, which will thus be made highly visible.

The status of the populations of little ringed plovers, sandpipers, spotted snarls, Turk's grasshoppers and gravel bank grasshoppers in the Tyrolean Lech Nature Park is shown by a monitoring of these species. The monitoring is carried out within the framework of the LIFE Lech project implemented and the data obtained from this will be made available to the Interreg project. In addition, the nature park team started a grasshopper monitoring in 2019. This data also fed into the Interreg project.

This project is funded by: