Organised Study Tours

  • Study Tour for the Macedonian Ministry of Environment/GOPA on Public Awareness in Environmental Issues in Austria: Organisation and guiding of 7 Macedonian experts from 15-21 November 2003 to Austrian institutions (government, city, national parks, NGOs)

    One of the Viennese waste collection points for private waste that cannot be put into the regular garbage boxes. Urban river restoration and local citizen involvement at the Liesing creek project.  
    WWF's environment education center "Seewinkelhof" WWF includes nature experience into school education camps.  

  • Expert Training for RO Industries (incl. mining) and Environment Protection Authorities (sector water pollution): Initiation, organisation and execution of a 9 days training (11-19 Sept. 2003) for 11 Romanian experts to Styria and Vienna (paper, mining and metal industries; communal WWTPs; provincial, federal and intl. institutions (See the Article in Danube Watch 1/2004).

    Visit of Romanian experts at the wastewater treatment plant of Boehler steel plant in Kapfenberg. The Sappi paper plant's WWTP is partly covered to prevent emissions of bad odour.  
    Erzberg ore mine: Visitor drive up the open pit on a huge truck. Erzberg ore mine: Discussion with a former miner on underground mine water quality.  
    Visit of the laboratory of the Styrian environment alarm service. Visit of the lab for special substances at the Austrian Federal Environment Agency. The seepage of the Paulisturz waste deposit is cleaned by reverse-osmosis.
    Lecture on waste management techniques by Prof. Karl Lorber, university Leoben. First-hand information of Danube basin water management at the ICPDR, Vienna. Wrap up of the Austrian study tour at a workshop in Vienna.

  • Dniepr River Basin Expert Training (UNDP/GEF & IDRC/Canada):

    Organisation of a one-week training programme for nine biodiversity experts from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. The Dniepr as the third largest river in Europe is subject to multiple impacts from high industrialisation and excessive river exploitation. Training objective was to learn from the experience made in the Danube basin on transboundary water management (e.g. visits at the ICPDR, the Austrian Ministry for Agriculture and Environment, the Institute for Water Quality, the city of Vienna' water engineering department and the National Park "Danube Floodplains".

  • 4 days for the Naturlandstiftung Saarland in 9/99. Field trip by bus with a multiple programme (walks and boat trips into wetlands, cultural evenings, meeting with local people) for a group of 35 environmentalists, presenting local forms of wetland management and inter-sectoral/cross-border co-operation in the region South Moravia, western Slovakia, Slovak & Austrian Danube and Lake Neusiedl.

  • 0.5 days ICPDR Secretariat in 10/99: Guided boat trip through the Danube floodplains national park.