Life on the wild river

Published, September 25 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 celebrate this special event, not as planned with a closing event, but with a specially produced video, which brings the essential aspects again to the point.


We would also like to provide you with our developed printed works 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, biking, rafting or simply admiring the scenery. However, endangered species such as the Common Sandpiper or the German Tamarisk are very sensitive to disturbances, especially those caused by humans. How can recreational tourism take place and still maintain species protection?

The Interreg project "Diverse life along our mountain rivers" addresses precisely this issue 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. as well as the Tiroler Lech Nature Park, the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen District Office and the Karwendel Nature Park have planned the following measures:

  • 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 unified monitoring system.
  • Installation, expansion and qualification of rangers
  • Establishment of a self-explanatory signage system that is as uniform as possible

Support program

The three-year project is funded by the EU INTERREG Austria-Bavaria 2014-2020 cross-border funding program 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 humans 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 Nature Park Tiroler Lech within the Interreg project

The wild river Tiroler Lech meanders with its turquoise water past villages through its valley. Large relocating 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 the last places of their occurrence here. Enchanting landscapes and exceptional biodiversity - all this is offered by the Tiroler Lech Nature Park, which is a nature reserve 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. To ensure that environmental protection and species conservation can nevertheless be maintained, 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 Ringed Plovers, Sandpipers, Spotted Snares, Turk's Grasshoppers and Gravel-bank Grasshoppers of the Tyrolean Lech Nature Park is shown by an inventory (monitoring) of these species. The monitoring is implemented within the framework of the LIFE Lechproject and the data obtained from it is made available to the Interreg project. In addition, the nature park team started a grasshopper monitoring in 2019. These data also flowed into the Interreg project.

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