ÖAV Environment Policy

The ÖAV Department of Spatial Planning and Nature Conservation – Click for the link

Since the founding of the ÖAV in 1862 there has been a high level of engagement to permanently protect threatened natural areas.  In 1880 there was a campaign for the protection of the mountain forest and large-scale afforestation was subsequently carried out.  In 1927, nature protection and conservation was officially included in the ÖAV statutes.  In 1980 the ÖAV established the Department of Spatial Planning and Nature Conservation.  It is one of the most important organisations in the field of nature and environmental protection throughout the Alps.  Since the Environmental Impact Assessment Act passed by the Austrian government in 2005, it is now the recognized environmental organization in Austria. The focus is now in the area of comprehensive conservation, Alpine land use planning, the Alpine Convention (an international treaty between European alpine countries) and environmental education.

AAC(UK) can do little to help political lobbying in Austria regarding land use, monitoring glacier retreat and other effects of climate change, but has appointed a Nature Protection Representative, currently Tony Cooper, who liaises with the ÖAV department and publishes relevant articles in the AAC(UK) newsletter.

Also see the Bergsteigerdörfer Newsletter for more information.

Say NO to the plan to build on glaciers of the Pitztal and Ötztal! – Sign the Petition

Vorderstoder – a rural mountain village jewel in peril! – Sign the Petition

[Updated 03 February 2021]

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