Catchment Basins

The measure "Catchment Basins" means building basins for water storage to prevent floods as well as to cope with droughts.

Catchment basin in combination with nature protection in Upper Austria. (Source: Upper Austria)

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  • (Landestalsperrenverwaltung des Freistaates Sachsen; in german only)

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    Short description of measure

    Problem to be solved: Flooding, drought

    Goal, potential objective: Prevent flodding, water stock for dry periods

    Developmental steps: Select suitable area, feasibility study, design, arrangement with the owners

    Instruments, implementation mechanism: Land use plans, incentives, tax reduction for temporary flooding

    Area of implementation: Rural

    Responsibilities: Starting with local administration and owners, water management bodies on the levels required

    Time horizon: Medium term

    Economic aspects: Implementation costs are lower than damage costs, fewer social costs

    Promoters, obstacles, risks: Possibility of hydrological problems

    Side effects: Touristic interests, economic benefits, integration in urban development, nature protection, lagoon festivals

    Bridge to mitigation: Combination with hydro power production



    New areas for flooding (Source: Dresden)