Ulrich Eichelmann
0043/676 6621512

Ulrich (56) is a German ecologist and conservationist who has been living in Vienna for 29 years. He worked for the WWF Austria for more than 17 years until 2007, being primarily concerned with river conservation and restoration. He has been campaigning internationally against the construction of hydropower plants such as dams along the Danube or the Ilisu Dam project on the Tirgris River in Turkey. Between 2010 and 2012 he produced the film Climate Crimes, a documentary about the abuse of climate protection and the consequences of so-called green energies.  In 2012, he founded the Vienna-based conservation organization River Watch – a society for the protection of rivers. In addition, he is freelancing for the Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung, an environmental protection foundation based in Bremen, Germany. In November 2014, he was awarded the Great Binding Prize for Nature Conservation and in June 2015 he received the Wolfgang Staab Prize for Nature Conservation.



Cornelia Wieser
Executive Assistant
0043/650 4544784

Conny (32) has been working for Riverwatch since February 2013. Born in Austria, she studied International Development (with a focus on environmental issues) in Vancouver/Canada and is particularly interested in habitat conservation, ecological equilibrium and true climate protection. She is responsible for public relations, project coordination, website and social media maintenance, translations, event planning as well as organizational issues. Currently, the focus of her work lies in the “Save the Blue Heart of Europe” campaign.



Anita Scharl
Project coordinator De-Damming
0043/680 1352449

Anita (37) studied Land and Water Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna. She spent 8 years in France, China and Vietnam working for a French research institute (CEMAGREF – now Irstea) as well as an environmental consultancy (Asconit Consultants) with its main focus on river conservation. She developed water quality monitoring concepts together with local river basin organizations. Since 2012, she is back in Austria and until recently has been working for hydrophil,where she was responsible for international projects in the water sector in countries such as Lebanon, Nigeria, Uganda and Moldova.Anita has joined Riverwatch in mid-February 2017, where she is developing the de-damming campaign to free rivers from old and no longer functional dams.



Riverwatch Board


Friedrich Schiemer, o. Univ.-Prof. Dr.;
Second Chairman

University of Vienna, Department of Limnology
Expertise: general floodplain ecology; limnology, restoration ecology




Wolfram Graf, Ass.Prof. Dr. 
Second Chairman

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management
Expertise: red list data; benthic invertebrates; ecology, taxonomy, faunistic, zoogeography of insects; stoneflies (Plecoptera); caddisflies (Trichoptera); freshwater ecology; genetics; river quality; assessment of ecological water quality;