Fluvial territory (Gewässerauen) concept: room for retention in riparian wetlands

Project information

Index: 0684R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location GERMANY NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN Köln Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2002

Topic of the practice

natural retention in in the flood plain

Good Practice Information

Riparian wetlands are areas along lakes and rivers partly covered with water. These areas will serve as soil conservation and stabilization measure in which natural water is retained in wetlands through the dense undergrowth.
In order to regain these wetlands at the Rur a near-natural development concept was planned. Most of the riparian land is in agricultural use today.
In the planning process it was discussed and agreed with the agricultural sector which areas are possible to use and which are not due to their agricultural importance. In addition an agreement on cooperation was concluded between the professional agricultural associations and the water board in order to avoid a disadvantageous rise of the ground water level when the concept is carried out.

Evidence of success

The agreement sets rules for the perpetuation of evidence, the compensation of disadvantages and the protection of tenants. The fluvial territory concept was established in 2002 and has since then constructively influenced the development of water management in Germany in general and at the Rur in particular.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Torsten Rose

Wasserverband Eifel-Rur



Annex completed on: 11-20-2012

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