Innovative approach for dam restoration

INADAR is connecting the requirements of flood protection and nature conservation. 

Core of the innovative approach for dam restoration are the so-called “eco-berms”,  which do not only contribute to  dam restoration (and elevation), but  also improve  the ecological situation at the river banks. In contrast to the classical dam elevation the necessary widening  can be carried out on the water side of the dam. This protects  the ecosystem  on the air side of the dam.

The  eco-berm has two parts, which are shown schematically in the Figure below. On the one hand the eco-berm consists of infrastructural measures for the restoration and elevation of the dam. The other part includes ecological measures for the environmental improvement of dams and  the storage space.


An essential component of the LIFE-project is to document and evaluate the implementation  of the measures. The intention is to assess how the different habitats are accepted. The monitoring is carried out by the University of Innsbruck and the Aueninstitut Eichstätt. In the first step the evaluation concept aims to illustrate the actual state, which serves as a reference situation for the assessment of the effects. With the help of appropriated technical and ecological indicators, the change can be compared to the reference state. This is done at several times, e.g. immediately after implementation of the measures, one year after implementation of the measures and at the end of the project, two years after the implementation.