Colloquium of the Platform Biodiversity: Revitalization of water courses in South Tyrol – A look into the practice

As throughout the Alps, rivers and streams in South Tyrol have undergone heavy modifications during agricultural development to protect crops from flooding and landslides. Rivers and streams have been straightened over large areas, and typical river structures and vital riparian landscapes have often been reduced to residual areas. In order to slow the resulting loss of associated biodiversity and, where possible, gradually restore it, the Civil Protection Agency plans and implements revitalization measures in parallel with the necessary protective structures. In this Colloquium, Peter Hecher gives an overview of the planning and implementation of practical revitalization measures in South Tyrol, presenting some experiences and, when available, the results of control monitoring. In the concluding section, the potential and limitations of river development will be addressed.

Peter Hecher works as biologist at the Civil Protection Agency of the autonomous province of Bolzano for the past 25 years in the field of river area management and revitalization.

The colloquium will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 13th, at the Museum of Nature South Tyrol in German language. Admission is free. Online registration is required.

The event can also be followed online on the Museum’s YouTube channel.