Wetland restoration – Velka Krcava and Zitavsky luh

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PROJECT TITLE: „Wetland restoration – Velka Krcava and Zitavsky luh“


PROGRAMME: „Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation“ co-financed from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014 – 2021 and the state budget of the Slovak Republic

CALL: „Restoration of degraded wetland ecosystems“ (ClimaLocal)

PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR: Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic


PROJECT PARTNER: Slovak ornithological society/BirdLife Slovakia


PROJECT OBJECTIVE: The aim of the project is the restoration of two important wetlands in two localities of southern Slovakia, which are degraded due to water management modifications in the past and the overall change of the landscape and its use. These wetlands have great potential and importance in terms of water retention, drought protection and biodiversity protection, but are currently threatened by grounding, overgrowing and drying out. The project will implement such technical measures that will create conditions for flooding and water retention in wetlands, especially in a period of sufficient flows on watercourses. Another focus of the project is to create lateral connectivity of wetlands and prevent the outflow of water trapped by wetlands. The overall solutions and implementation of all parts of the revitalization represent a comprehensive approach to the revitalization of the area and includes all elements and current challenges of biodiversity protection, improving the favourable condition of the NATURA2000 area and ensuring water retention in the landscape in relation to the challenges of climate change.


The Norway Grants represent Norway’s contribution towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. Through the Norway Grants, Norway contributes to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with beneficiary countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. Norway cooperates closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). Together with the other donors,

Norway has provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.


Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway and are available in the countries that joined the EU after 2003. For the period 2014-2021, the Norway Grants amount to €1.25 billion. The priorities for this period are:

#1 Innovation, Research, Education, Competitiveness and Decent Work

#2 Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction

#3 Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy

#4 Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights

#5 Justice and Home Affairs

All projects are co-financed by the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 15%.

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The “Wetland restoration – Velka Krcava and Zitavsky luh” benefits from a 849 719,5 €  grant from Norway through the Norway Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of 149 950,5 €. The primary goal of the project is the restoration of two important wetlands in two localities in southern Slovakia.

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