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Examples of Floodplain Restoration Evaluation Studies in the Danube River Basin

Francesca Perosa1, Marion Gelhaus2, Veronika Zwirglmaier1, Leonardo F. Arias-Rodriguez1, Aude Zingraff-Hamed3, Bernd Cyffka2, and Markus Disse1
Francesca Perosa et al.
  • 1Chair of Hydrology and River Basin Management, Technical University of Munich, Arcisstrasse 21, 80333 Munich, Germany
  • 2Aueninstitut Neuburg, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Schloss Grünau, 86633 Neuburg an der Donau, Germany
  • 3Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management, Technical University of Munich, Emil-Ramann-Str. 6, 85354 Freising, Germany

Countries located in the Danube River Basin (DRB) are in danger of being affected by major catastrophic floods along the Danube and its tributaries. Floodplain restoration measures are among win-win nature-based solutions (NBS) for flood risk reduction but practitioners see their limitations in comparison to technical measures, when looking at their effectiveness and profitability. Within the framework of the EU Interreg Danube Floodplain project, this presentation shows the benefits of floodplain restoration in terms of monetized ecosystem services (ES). Our work focused on multiple ES groups for four study areas in the Danube catchment, located in Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. This was done with the help of stakeholder engagement, hydrodynamic models results, and the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-Based Assessment (TESSA). Moreover, the approach was complemented with alternative methodologies (e.g. surveys on social media). Results show positive annual combined benefits of floodplain restoration measures, suggesting the helpfulness of evaluating these NBS through ES assessment. The work done will help increasing the knowledge on floodplain and their ES, and on how to rapidly evaluate them. Moreover, it will bring decision-makers further evidence in favor of floodplain restoration measures to be implemented for a general benefit of the communities.

How to cite: Perosa, F., Gelhaus, M., Zwirglmaier, V., Arias-Rodriguez, L. F., Zingraff-Hamed, A., Cyffka, B., and Disse, M.: Examples of Floodplain Restoration Evaluation Studies in the Danube River Basin, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-7039,, 2021.

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