The Lobau is the western part of a large area of riverine forest associated with the Danube. It is divided by the Donau-Oder-Kanal into the Obere (Upper) and Untere (Lower) Lobau. The Obere Lobau is a mixture of agriculture and intensive forestry, but the Untere Lobau contains areas of near-natural forest. Both areas are used for recreational activities, angling and hunting.
The site is important for breeding riverine forest species.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There are no restrictions on forestry, hunting or angling. Incorporation of the IBA into the Donau-Auen National Park (1996) will lead to improved conservation measures.
National High International High2,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Donau-Auen, 10,000 ha). 1,039 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Untere Lobau, 1,039 ha). 2,090 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Donau-Auen (Wiener Anteil), 2,300 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lobau. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 13/08/2022.