Revitalisation of Orlík reservoir – case study of a regional restoration project


  • Ivana Očásková Association of Písek District ’ s Municipalities, Velké náměstí 114/3, 397 01 Písek
  • Jaroslav Vrba Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice and Biology Centre AS CR, Institute of Hydrobiology, Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice
  • Luboš Průša South Bohemian Regional Assembly, U Zimního stadionu 1952/2, 370 76 České Budějovice



This case study describes the bottom-up formation of a regional project for restoring a reservoir. Land use changes in the upper Vltava river basin caused the eutrophication of Orlík reservoir, which resulted in water blooms, which in association with socio-economic changes caused a decline in tourism in this region and serious difficulties for local people. The study examines how public awareness helped in the establishment of a restoration project, its framework and strategy. Regional governance of the project management took into consideration both knowledge-based solutions and the interests of local people and municipalities. The project has the potential for resolving both environmental and socio-economic problems and providing a sustainable win-win strategy for the region, residents, tourists and stakeholders.


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