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Project Karst water research programme

- In many countries of CADSES karstic areas are important and acutely essential for public water supply. These areas are at the same time highly sensitive and valuable natural environments. Conversely, exploitation pressure on these areas is increasing. This mainly relates to such fields as tourism, settlements, transport infrastructure, forestry and pasture management. The project aims at safeguarding water supply and the required, largely natural conditions of the catchment areas. The conflicts between often incompatible land-use activities by necessity lead to effects of high relevance for regional planning. To facilitate and optimise the decision-making process relating to the problems of land use/water management/environmental protection, it seems useful to develop and implement a decision support system. This work is based on the scientific and methodological considerations derived from the results of the KATER project. The collection of data documenting the natural environment calls for the well-considered design of both data collection and measuring-station set-up. Optimising the data collection process is a key output of the project.
- This will be determined for the karst aquifers situated in the project territories and will be simultaneously transferable to other areas. The development of the decision support system will be based on the software developed for the KATER project (metadata and presentation tools) and will be handled by the individual project partners. Another central factor for the success of the project, but also for coping with the problems covered by it, With the help of the project the level of awareness both amongst the public at large and amongst selected target groups should raise. The relevant activities derived from the project therefore do not merely address the public at large, but also, and in particular, the competent political decision-makers, scientists, regional planners, water supply companies and administrators (conference), students and university teachers (excursions) as well as schoolchildren and their teachers ("weeks in the country").

Project number n/a
Acronym KATER II
Geographical coverage Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy
Budget (in €) 3327335
Programme Interreg III(Espace Cadses)
Objectives - Environment protection, resource management and risk prevention
- Promoting environmental protection and resource management
Period [01/01/2003 - 01/12/2006]


  • Municipality of the City of Vienna, MA31 Waterworks
    Country Austria
    Web site
    Contact Mr. Hans Sailer,
    Position: Engineer
    Phone/fax: +43/ 1/599590, +004/3 1 /599 59 7231

Funding sources

  • European Commission
    Source Feder
    Programme Interreg III(Espace Cadses)
    Funding rate 44