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Styrian nature conservation strategy presented to the public

At the end of May 2017, the Styrian nature conservation strategy was presented during a public "Nature Conservation Brunch". One week before, the strategy was brought to the attention of the provincial government of Styria and is expected to pass the Provincial Parliament soon.

The hall of the traditional Austrian Heuriger Restaurant Reiss was packed when the (delicious “Nature Conservation Brunch” was held. Together with heads of department, managers of protected areas and district conservation officers, our Suske Consulting presented the details of the endeavour. Anton Lang, member of the Provincial Parliament, emphasized the importance of a strategic orientation in nature conservation – turbulent times in particular require orientation and guidance. Johannes Gepp, President of the League for Nature Conservation of Styria, underlined the enormous importance of preserving mires, an aspect that is firmly anchored in the strategy. Chamber President Titschenbacher asked for more cooperation between nature conservationists and agricultural stakeholders at all levels. Lukas Weber-Hasjan of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture pointed out an aspect he particularly liked about the strategy: the planned qualification of individual education and consultancy measures, which have tended to be central to evaluations of the Austrian Agri-Environmental Programme (ÖPUL).

The implementation of the strategy has begun. The newly founded dialogue group will hold its first meeting in June and various project ideas have already been put on track. The daily newspaper Krone headlined its report “’Revolution’ in nature conservation.”

(c) picture: Christian Komposch

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