The Water Forest

situation problem

In November 2004, a wind storm swept through the Tatra National Park. It not only left significant material damage, but also uprooted several hectares of forest. The ecosystem was significantly disturbed and damaged.  

Goal of the Project

Together, we brainstormed solutions to help and repair the damage effectively. This is where the idea of using rainwater to restore the new forest was born. After the timber has been removed, it would be possible to use the remaining waste wood to build water retention measures, the so-called water-holdings. Once removed, nature would be left to develop and recover on its own.


The waterholdings help to retain the aforementioned rainwater and thus create the right moisture conditions for the optimal growth of new vegetation. All rainwater remains in the damaged landscape. So the idea was simple: we retain rainwater in the ecosystem and thus strengthen the recovery process. The innovative solution was named Water Forest and work on the project could begin.


The implementation of the project took place in the summer period. It involved up to 140 volunteers from 26 countries around the world.





The Water Forest Project has significantly helped the storm-ravaged forest. The planted trees are thriving and the local vegetation is highly diversified thanks to the restoration. The monitoring of the restoration processes shows that it is currently the most vital restoring part of the Tatra nature.

destroyed forest in High Tatras by huricane in 2004
Restored forest in High Tatras

Forest Before Revitalization

Forest After Revitalization

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