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Evaluation of grassland development

What is at issue?

Grassland stands in locations of marginal revenues were left to fallow in the past, while the use of grassland stands in favourable locations was intensified. Through this evaluation the multitude of factors influencing this process can be better understood and a basis for the advancement of funding instruments into the future is created.

What is the benefit?

The past influences and future development of grasslands will be made available on a regional scale. This way conservation activities can be prioritized to areas of important conservation interest and customized offers can be made towards agriculture.

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What do we do?

Data from Statistik Austria and integrated administration and control system (IACS) are analysed to gain insight into past developments on the scale of production regions. Through questionaires, in-depth interviews and participative workshops the factors of change are understood on the dimension of the individual business. Combining these data, a trend can be calculated for every region and compared to the share of valuable grassland habitats. This way scenarios can be developed regionally und conclusions are drawn from them.


This evaluation is carried out on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.

«We left ÖPUL, because this program makes it hard for a more intensive milk farm to be an efficient part of the grassland economy.»

Christian R., dairy farmer from Tyrol

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