The Liberty Island and its side-arm is one of the unique habitats in the Béda-Karapancsa region that can be preserved in it’s original state. The main problem in the side-arm is caused by a rock-fill dam that was established in 1983 in order to embed hydraulical delivery pipe that insures safe drinking-water supply in the region. As a result of this closing, the continuous waterflow has stopped in the side-arm that enabled fast sedimentation process. If no action will be taken the island will grow together with the riverbank and it will disappear. The projects main focus, and also the reason why this territory is protected under the Natura 2000 network is the Salicion albae, which is a priority importance habitat. Floodplain forests suffered an important loss of extension and till nowadays are under high pressure across the whole continent.
So we will shot the phases of the 5 years long project. (Wow 5 years!!!) This intro shows the island how it looks in autumn 2009 before the project start.
"Sony EX1, Panasonic GH1, Canon HV30, 14-140 Kit, Zeiss Pancolar 50mm F/1.8, Sony UTX-B2 Wireless Transmitter"
"- My childhood memories are still vivid, the alley of the Liberty reef was one of the „so called” watersport-paradises.
- We hope that the original condition can be revitalized, but it’s also obvious that it won’t happen right away folllowing the technical intervention
- Where we are now is the Liberty island, they call it like this in Mohács, in fact it is a reef and the meaning of this concerning its surplus content is that it is an area encompassed by water, which is practically very rare in Europe .
- This was a very good area sometime. The water could come out, it flew in his own bed. Now it was herded, the fish changed place likewise. There is no fish at all now here in the neighbourhood of Mohács on the island side.”
- We try to plan such state – and we make use of different hydrodynamic models for this – that provides a faster flowing water in the branch, therefore the settling will be slower and the draging/cleaning more rare
- There are many open questions and much to do, the lion’s share of which was undertaken by WWF for which we Mohács residents owe thanks to WWF.
- We live in hopes that the River Danube will be exploitable from this viewpoint as well and a beautiful environment again as it was in my childhood."