World Wetlands Day 2005 -- Austria and Hungary

28/02/2005

Austria & Hungary: "Tracking the wetland history of the Pannonian Region" - World Wetlands Day Excursion 2005 to transboundary wetlands in Eastern Austria

To celebrate World Wetlands Day 2005 and in order to broaden their view of Central European transboundary wetlands, staff members of the WWF Wetland Education Centre Seewinkelhof and of the Neusiedler See-Seewinkel/Fertö Hanság National Park organised a joint excursion to the trilateral Ramsar site "Morava-Dyjie-Floodplains" (between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria). Only a hundred years ago, these floodplains were part of a huge wetland complex in the heart of the Pannonian Region, stretching from the riverine forests and wet meadows along the Rivers Morava and Dyjie across the Danube floodplain forests to the fens, soda lakes and steppe wetlands of the Neusiedler See-region. Enjoying the magnificient sight of Imperial Eagles, White-tailed Eagles, Red Kites and willow-dotted floodplain meadows along the Dyjie River, the excursion participants gained a fine perspective on what this "wet heart" of their home region once was and might perhaps become again in the future, if wisely managed.

Best regards, Georg

Mag. Georg Scattolin
WWF Österreich
Ottakringer Straße 114-116,A-1160 Wien
Tel.: +43/1/488 17 - 265
Mobil: +43/676/83 488 265
Fax: +43/1/488 17 - 277
e-mail: georg.scattolin@wwf.at
internet: www.wwf.at

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