Sunday, 04 December 2022
Central Europe Programme

Urban Water Footprint: a new approach for water management in urban areas

Urban Water Footprint Lab Innsbruck

Author Rathaus Medien service Stadt Innsbruck
The city
Innsbruck is situated in the heart of the Alps in Tyrol surrounded by high mountains rising up to 2600m. Covering an area of in total 10.500ha the majority is covered by forests and uncultivated land on the mountains. Because of the relief settlement area is scarce and therefore characterized by a high housing density and few open green spaces. The 120000 inhabitants predominantly settle along the flat bottom of the Inn valley stretching along this west-east axis. The river Tiroler Inn is heavily dammed in in order to protect the city from seasonal flooding. Tourism, in particular winter tourism, plays an important role with several small ski resorts in immediate vicinity to the city

The Lab
One of the main issues in Innsbruck is virtual water consumption, which is many times higher than direct water consumption. However, only limited data about this indirect water consumption are available. For that reason the Innsbruck UWF Lab focuses on virtual water use.
The lab concentrates on the end-consumers of virtual water, which is mostly the private individual. It is particularly important to start at young age to raise awareness about environmental friendly and sustainable water consumption. In this context it is most promising to achieve long-lasting changes in water consumption and behavioral pattern when working with teenagers.
The Lab consists of 4 workshops with school students (age 16‐18) with focus on: introducing the water footprint approach, presentation and interpretation of results by students, development of measures to improve the WFTP, how to best reduce the water footprint and evaluation and review about the measure implemented.

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