The River Drava is 725 kilometres long and is a tributary of the Danube. It runs from the Alps to the Pannonian Plain and connects the countries and cultures of Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Serbia. The original stream was changed by the construction of 22 dams for the operation of hydroelectric power stations in Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia. Despite this, natural habitats with unique plant-, animal-, and some endemic species have been preserved.

An Important Area for Waterbirds in Slovenia

The River Drava is the most important area for waterbirds in Slovenia, and falls under the European network area of Natura 2000 throughout its whole 133-kilometre long course in Slovenia. The aim of Natura 2000 is to assure the long-term preservation of biodiversity.

Lake Dravograd

When building the Dravograd Hydroelectric Power Station, Lake Dravograd formed behind the dam. More than 160 different plant species can be found along the lake, and more than 150 different types of birds breed along its banks. The presence of the beaver (Castor fiber L.), which has been noticed in this area since 2007, gives the lake an added charm. According to the fishing cadastre, 44 different fish species live in the River Drava between the settlements of Vič and Ožbalt. The area of the lake is a natural asset of national importance, an ecologically important area, and an area of Natura 2000.