Water & Enviroment
©MA13

Clean water leads to a healthy forest

Most Viennese residents know ‘Rax’, ‘Schneeberg’ and ‘Hochschwab’ as a popular weekend hideaway and a paradise for hikers. Only few of them are aware that the City of Vienna also owns much of the land in these areas, which are located in the federal provi

nces of Lower Austria and Styria.

For more than a century, Vienna has put much effort into permanently protecting its “spring water”– for very valid reasons, as we now understand. This water is a valuable resource that needs to be sustainably managed and protected. Natural resource management plays a vital role in this respect. Vienna currently owns some 320 square kilometres of woodland in the two wellhead protection areas, a surface that is almost as large as the city of Vienna itself. To protect and secure Vienna’s drinking water supply, there are plans to acquire even more land in the water protection areas in the future. The forestry office staff have established a series of rules for a sustainable management of the protected forests. One rule in forest management is to completely renounce large-scale deforestation and to seek to replace traditional afforestation by the self-rejuvenation of the forest. Another rule is to ban the use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers in the protected areas. This conservative policy is also adopted with forest roads: they are only built in areas where they are absolutely necessary for forest cultivation. The burden of the transportation of trees is shifted off nature’s shoulders and on to horseback: supported by mobile cable cars and tow trucks, Haflinger horses drag the felled logs out of the forest. Forestry experts are aware that only a healthy forest can provide clean and fresh water with its impeccable taste. (Source: MD 49 – Forestry Office and Urban Agriculture) Information & Contact:

Vienna Municipal Department 49 (Forestry Office and Urban Agriculture)
Volksgartenstrasse 3
A-1016 Vienna
Dipl. Ing. Andreas Schwab
Tel. +43 1 4000-97 922


The basis for prosperity and all other goals of the “EU Strategy for the Danube Region“ (EUSDR) is “Good Governance”. This concept not only comprises…

more

This year, we are awarding a AU$200,000 prize for outstanding achievements in sustainable river basin management.

more

The European Waste Water Management Conference is the UK's leading conference for wastewater professionals. Over 50 technical papers will be presented…

more

Water Expo China will return once again to Beijing’s New China International Exhibition Center from 15 – 17 November 2016. The three-day event is…

more

The Austrian Ministry of Environment has meanwhile received public feedback on the second implementation phase of the WFD in Austria. The following…

more

Especially so in the Danube River, as Austria's Infrastructure Minister Alois Stöger pointed out during the presentation of the integrated Danube…

more

In Austria, summertime is festival time. Besides classical concerts and theatre performances, there are also special awareness-raising events around…

more

These conflicting interests are also a concern for Franz Grabner, the new CEO of Pipelife Austria effective 1st July. In an interview with aqua press…

more

This prestigious global award of the International RiverFoundation (IRF) is bestowed in Brisbane in late September. The river restoration programme…

more

Thanks to the adoption of a new technology at LINZ AG Wasser in November, staff no longer has to work shifts and weekends and customers benefit from…

more

Subscription and Media Data

You want to know the leading Austrian trade magazine ? You want to learn about release dates , priorities and advertising opportunities ?

Here you are right!

SubscriptioN | Abonnement

Media Data