This project was researched in 2005 by a team of experts commissioned by CIPRA as part of the Future in the Alps Project. The contents are not being updated.
Regional value added
The Ecomodel (Oekomodell) Nature Park Grebenzen is a network of individuals, groups, associations working in agriculture. In addition direct marketing projects, co-operation projects between agriculture, tourism and gastronomy are created. Furthermore all nature protection projects are integrated to ensure a sustainable manner of agriculture.
association of nature park Grebenzen with around 350 private members, 8 municipalities.
Provincial department for nature protection of Styria (FA 13C), regional chamber of agriculture Murau (Mr. H. Kraxner),associations of regional development, university of Graz, districtal commissioner for for nature protection (Mr. Walcher)
Advancement of the 4 primary tasks of a nature park: dynamic nature protection, education (consciousness/awareness and qualification), nature-bound recovery and regional development.
Objective is the professional and modelful implementation of the "dynamic nature protection" in both nature parks the Grebenzen and Soelktaeler. Moreover of importance is the implementation of the nature protection measures of the OePUL 2000 programme, the creation of biotopes, support of culture landscape research programmes in the context of Natura 2000 article 33 (Adjustment and development of rural areas, as well as conservation of the cultural landscape and support to implement Natura 2000). Main activities are to create a network between the sectors of agriculture, tourism, gastronomy and regional value chains to improve the economical situation of the farmers. Further activities are summer and school programmes with the objective to create a consciousness for the relationships between agriculture, diversity of species and ecology. This is done by educationally trained nature-experts. The farmers are supported and consulted to fulfill the requirements of the OePUL programme.
Indication of nature park restaurants and products with their own label. Opening of an own shop. Design of a productinformationfolder. Summer events and programme for schools, youthgroups, tourists and natives. nature trails,nature protection award for farmers, biotop monitoring, publication of an own newspaper
areas of high biodiversity are preserved, the economical situation of farmers and gastronomy is ensured and improved.
Only small financial funds. Too less to create a professional management.
20.000 Euro annually (Euro)
European Union, Provincial Government of Styria and provincial departement of nature protection (Amt d. steierm. Landesregierung, FA 13C, Nature park communities: Duernstein, Mariahof, Neumarkt, Perchau, St. Blasen, St. Lambrecht, Zeutschach