restoration

Contributions with a special link between restoration and the history of a region; restoration linked to Natural Heritage or problems of restoration following historically based targets, e.g. due to irreversible changes of an aquatic or terrestrial ecosystem. 

The book describes the outcomes of eleven Life III Nature projects in the period 2000-2007 in Slovenia. Projects contributed to the institutional capacity building in developing capacities in projects management, to the development of financial resources, awareness-raising and protection of European endangered species and habitat types, which is the main aim of the programme.

Floodplains are key ecosystems of riverine landscapes and provide a multitude of ecosystem services. In most of the large river systems worldwide, a tremendous reduction of floodplain area has occurred in the last 100 years and this loss continues due to pressures such as land use change, river regulation, and dam construction. In the Danube River Basin, the extent of floodplains has been reduced by 68% compared to their pre-regulation area, with the highest losses occurring in the Upper Danube and the lowest in the Danube Delta.

This book describes the Austrian Danube, its fish fauna and its riverine habitats. The main chapters of the book are: 
1. Danube catchment/fish fauna of the whole river 
(geological development, river landscapes/habitats, Danube fish and their zoogeographical distribution) 
2. Austrian Danube/fish fauna - historical development 
(in 3 temporal phases, development of fish fauna and fisheries, habitat development, human uses in the Danube river landscapes) 
3. Austrian Danube/fish fauna - current state