Nature and Geopark Steirische Eisenwurzen
Alpine pastures become fit for the future
Alpine pastures are an important part of the traditional alpine cultural landscape. They provide food for livestock, habitats for rare animal and plant species, and are popular destinations for hikers and sports enthusiasts. However, the trend towards alpine pasture abandonment and the associated loss of traditional knowledge of alpine pasture management as well as unique habitats continues throughout Austria.
In the Nature and Geopark Steirische Eisenwurzen 55 alpine pastures with a total area of 2860 ha are currently managed. Suske consulting supports with the two-year EU-funded project "Alm & Wald - Kulturlandschaften Steirische Eisenwurzen" the alpine pasture managers in the conservation and restoration of ecologically valuable alpine pasture habitats.
Currently, intensive talks are being held with alpine pasture managers from the Steirische Eisenwurzen Nature and Geopark, in which the challenges and future opportunities of alpine pasture management are discussed and the respective need for action is clarified.