LIFE Lech set out to reverse biodiversity decline and natural habitat damage caused by decades of human intervention in Austria’s Lech River. Thirteen river engineering measures allowed the river to rediscover its natural dynamics. Three hundred and twenty thousand square metres of gravel were removed, widening the waterway and removing bank protection structures. Thirty-eight new pools were created, improving habitats for vulnerable species, including the stone crayfish, the natterjack toad and the European bullhead.
Conserving the natural dynamics of the Lech river system and surrounding riparian landscapes