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Bird Park Josefovské luky

Organisation: Centre for Transport and Energy Website: Added: November 02, 2023
Project start date: August 05, 2017
Project end date: March 01, 2019


The main objective is to retain water in the floodplain of the Metuje River and thus create a permanent and high-quality wetland that will provide a refuge for endangered species of not only wetland birds but also other animals. The project contributes to the long-term maintenance of water in the landscape, cooling the local climate and providing space for spilling and stopping flood waves. The bird park has helped stop flooding three times since 2006.

Financial data

The cost of the construction of the community centre amounted to CZK 2 144 971. It was financed from the Operational Programme Environment in the amount of CZK 1 813 968.


This project has undeniable climate benefits. The project is primarily non-profit, but it appears that people have grown to love the meadows enough to give them financial, physical and moral support. A potential risk is the lack of water in the source river, the Metuji. Given the current climate change trends, there is a risk of a future drop in the level that would not allow the park to replenish its retention capacity several times a year.

Information sources

Village website

Other info

European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.