PARTicipatory developmeNt of a multi-criteria watEr development plan for the TRaunbach catchment.


In the model project Traun-PARTNER we develop a holistic water management plan on catchment level in a participatory process with local actors and stakeholders. Our case study is the Traunbach catchment in the national park Hunsrück-Hochwald.
The research approach combines natural science data from biology and ecology, among others, with administrative and land use data. In this way, we are able to capture a comprehensive view of the pressures in the water body.
We also look at how patterns of use in the study area can be used to plan management actions. To do this, we use a social media data approach combined with the concept of cultural ecosystem services.
In addition to the data base, we conduct an actor analysis that includes the goals and motivations of stakeholders in the study area ( governance, civil society). This allows us to locate and address synergies and potential (use-)conflicts in planning and implementation at an early stage.
In the overall view of the pressure situation and the goals and motivations of the stakeholders, we design in the following different scenarios for the development of a water management plan. These scenarios are then prioritized in terms of their likelihood of success, resulting in a management plan for the entire watershed.
On this page and on our social media channels Instagram (@traun_partner) and Twitter (@traun_PARTNER) you will find regularly updated posts and developments of the project!

The research project is being carried out as part of a research collaboration with the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy and Mobility.

project partners

  • Verbandsgemeinde Birkenfeld (und Ortsgemeinden)
  • Landesamt für Umwelt Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Struktur-und Genehmigungsdirektion Nord
  • Nationalparkamt Hunsrück-Hochwald
Nina N. Kaiser
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


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