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Reduction of nutrient and hazardous substances discharge in Austrian rivers and lakes
by Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) (Government)
Although a land locked country, Austria is connected via the Danube to the Black Sea and via the Rhine and Elbe to the North Sea. Measures aiming at the reduction of emissions into inland waters e.g. waste water treatment plants or agricultural activities - contribute to the reduction of discharges from catchment to the sea. During the past decades substantial measures to reduce nutrient and hazardous substances discharge into rivers and lakes have been implemented. A nationwide system for collection and treatment of urban wastewater was established and fully complies with the objectives of EU directive 91/271/EC. Concerning agriculture, nationwide obligatory as well as voluntary measures were set (Austrian Agri-Environmental scheme -PUL).

Also in the future, measures for reducing nutrient and hazardous substances discharge in the field of urban wastewater management and rural development will be set and contribute to freshwater and marine protection.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
December 2021
Good ecological and chemical status/good ecological potential in all water bodies
Financing (in USD)
1,689,930,000 USD
Financing (in USD)
292,921,200 USD
Financing (in USD)
3,154,536 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 January - 2021 December
Various Austrian Authorities, Utilities and Stakeholders
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Ernst Ɯberreiter, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Directorate-General I - Environment and Water Management, Unit I/3 - National and international water management, ernst.ueberreiter@bmnt.gv.at, +43 1 71100 607112
Marxergasse 2, 1030 Vienna
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