The three-day meeting took place from October 3rd to 5th and consisted of sessions dedicated to each work package (WP), in which specific updates and activities related to the past months were discussed, as well as upcoming activities and next steps. In between the sessions we had the opportunity to discover the Inn - Engadin Pilot Case Study (PCS) on dedicated field trips in the region.

The Engadin, as an inner-alpine dry valley, is situated in the eastern part of Canton Grison. The stream source of the Inn, one of the longest alpine rivers with approximately 517 km, is located in the Upper Engadin from where it follows through the valley for about 100 km. The valley has two rather different landscape types: the Upper- and the Lower Engadin.

The lake scenery of the Upper Engadin is a characteristic, magnificent landscape. This large high mountain valley lies at an altitude of 1.600 to 1.800 m altitude and is enclosed by a mountain massif with altitudes of up to 4.049 m. The Lower Engadin (1.600 to 1.000 m) is a closer V-shaped valley with a heavy gradient. To find out more about the SPARE Inn - Engadin PCS please read here

On the afternoon of the first day we had the opportunity to visit Guarda, a typical and very picturesque Engadin village. Afterwards we stopped in Val d’Assa, which suffered quite a bit of damage earlier this year because of heavy rainfalls causing severe mudflows. The responsible from the cantonal forest office showed us a few examples in the region between Ramosch and San Niclà. In this region a gravel mine and its influence on the river is also a topic. The example in San Niclà is a possible revitalization project caused by a natural hazard. Our final stop was in Strada: the first revitalization project in the Lower Engadin. One of the project leaders showed us the results and described related difficulties.

After the morning sessions of the second day, we took a lovely walk along the Spöl River in the Swiss National Park. We were guided by Ruedi Haller, Head of the Research and Geo-information department, who described local use and protection measures, including problems with residual flows (dynamic residual flow), flush systems, bedloads and contamination. After the excursion in the field we visited the hydropower plant Ova Spin.

The next SPARE project meeting will take place in Upper Austria (PCS Steyr) in May 2018.

Stay tuned for more information!

written by Martha Dunbar, CIPRA Int. and Angelika Abderhalden, Pro Terra Engiadina