Katedra hydromeliorací a krajinného inženýrství

CTU in Prague - Faculty of Civil Engineering
Department of Irrigation, Drainage and Landscape Engineering

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(30.05.2018 v 13:51)

David Zumr et al. published a study on flood waves transformation and sediment regime in small regulated streams:

Data for Aktion 2017 course - download here

(1.06.2018 v 13:29)

CAMARO-D: Cooperating towards Advanced MAnagement ROutines for land use impacts on the water regime in the Danube river basin

Department's Principal Investigator: doc. Dr. Ing. Tomáš Dostál,
Start: 2017-01-01
End: 2019-06-30

Research team members at the departement:


About the project

The lack of integrated river basin management, both in terms of water resources and flood-risk, is currently one of the most crucial challenges, additionally boosted by climate change. Thus it requires advanced concerted action, particularly as the impacts of land use and vegetation cover on water regime within the Danube basin area are quite similar.

More information available at the official web page:

Initial outcomes of the project

The identification of problems from different sources has been discussed with stakeholders (especially river base managers) to identify the need to improve best management practices in Czech Rep. as well as contribution of Czech basin to Danube river basin. The cooperation between participant countries helps to understand generality of the problem of water quality, retention capacity of landscape and land exploitation generally and with the accent on the whole Danube catchment. It identifies gaps in recent land management practices (GAP), compares and synthesizes recent situation in policy tools and state requirements within individual countries and systemize best management practices (BMP) over entire catchment.

From the GAP analysis based on questionnaire we can conclude that 148 harmful practices were identified in within CAMARO-D countries, having impact on all segments of environment related to water. The situation in Danube countries even in unified Europe remains highly variable due to both natural and land management conditions. The most significant and the most frequently used risk practices should be kept on the agenda in stakeholder communications within all Danube regions.

Based on extensive participants questionare a Best Management Practices compilation has been created for four human related aspects influencing the water quality: grasslands and pastures, forestry, agriculture, urban planning. After further processing and fine-tuning the collected knowledge will be released as a handbook - Best Management Catalogue

CTU organized a stakeholders workshop about water management in Morava and Dyje basins (read more here) which was utilized for data collection as well. Participants of the workshop were asked to fill out the quastionare about situation of threats and opportunities in their field of expertise. Answers collected will be used for SWOT analysis that will be provided back to the stakeholders. CTU coordinated workshop organization and unified the methodology for the data collection for the SWOT analysis in all of the countries participating in the project. Extensive qualitative and quantitative surveys were carried out in the nine countries. The results are based on interviews, workshops paper and online questionnaires, which were distributed among the selected stakeholders. This Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis has been carried out as the base study for the project, which is leading to recommendations towards a strategic policy for the implementation of an innovative transnational catchment-based “Land Use Development Plan” for the Danube River Basin.

Project plans

Long-term cooperation on sustainability requires a strategic policy for the implementation of an innovative transnational catchment-based “Land Use Development Plan” (LUDP) for the Danube River Basin. It shall guarantee both sustainable protection of water resources and improved flood risk prevention by fostering an advanced trans-sector and transnational cooperation of key stakeholders, initiated by the project and maintained beyond. By means of various Pilot Actions, newly developed best practices in function-oriented sustainable land use management, considering climate change, are tested and documented. The Pilot Actions will be clustered according to their interdependences of land use and vegetation cover respectively, dealing with three different types of water resources (groundwater, torrents, rivers). For stakeholders and decision-makers an innovative transnational guidance (GUIDR) will be developed, complemented by a tailored, application-oriented tool-kit for its operationalization in their respective working spheres. Supported by intensive stakeholder workshops and trainings, the initiation of the practical GUIDR implementation will be conducted within the pilot areas in order to mitigate the different conflicts of interest and to develop prospects for essential actions. As LUDP demonstrates procedures for a sound water management on a transnational basis, it provides important inputs for the further development of EUSDR and other relevant policies. The cooperation of various stakeholders within CAMARO-D will serve as a blueprint for policy development and can be a model for similar cooperation processes in other thematic fields in the EU.

Project partners

Name Type Email Country
Agricultural Research and Education Center Raumberg-Gumpenstein ERDF partner Austria
Municipality of the City of Vienna Department 31 – Vienna Water ERDF partner Austria
University of Ljubljana ERDF partner Slovenia
Public Water Utility JP VODOVOD-KANALIZACIJA Ljubljana ERDF partner Slovenia
National Forest Administration ERDF partner Romania
Environmental Protection Agency Covasna ERDF partner Romania
Executive Forest Agency ERDF partner Bulgaria
Croatian Geological Survey ERDF partner Croatia
Czech Technical University in Prague ERDF partner Czech Republic
Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg, Dept. Soils and Environment ERDF partner Germany
The Jaroslav Černi Institute for the Development of Water Resources IPA partner Serbia
Office of the Upper Austrian Federal State Government, Forest Service Associated partner Austria
Office of the Styrian Federal State Government; Dep. 14 - Water management, resources and sustainability Associated partner Austria
Morava River Basin, state owned enterprise Associated partner Czech Republic
The University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest - Faculty of Land Reclamation and Environmental Engineering Associated partner Romania
Styrian League for Nature Protection Associated partner Austria
Water Management System Covasna Associated partner Romania
Croatian Waters Associated partner Croatia
Republic of Serbia Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental protection, Water Directorate Associated partner Serbia
Bavarian State Institute of Forestry Associated partner Germany
Herman Otto Institute ERDF partner Hungary
National Meteorological Administration of Romania ERDF partner Romania
Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management ERDF partner