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Rahmenvereinbarung Nationalpark Kalkalpen Region

Since 1998, the Kalkalpen National Park with its 20,825 ha has been recognised as IUCN Category II. 8 towns in the valleys Ennstal, Steyrtal and in Phyrn Priel in Land Upper Austria border directly with the National Park and were defined as National Park Towns. Together with other 9 towns nearby the National Park, they make up the National Park region since 2003. This decision to create a National Park region was not accompanied by a common development strategy. The objective of the DYNALP project is the shared definition of a common strategy with fields of action and intervention. This way, common steps should be taken more easily in the future, the typical nature and cultural lanscape in the National Park region should be preserved and the regional development, regional identity and a unitary picture towards the outer world should be built, based on the strength of the region, the National Park. The long term objective is the creation of appropriate facilities for the implementation of the actions, the decision-making process in the Region and the Financing of projects.

Aims

* National Park region - Division based on quality criteria (culture landscape, space allocation, regional development)
* Preservation and protection of the foundation of the National Park region - Nature and culture landscape
* Strengthening the regional identity - Accepting the National Park region
* Clearer positioning of the Region to the outer world
* Consensus of the 17 towns towards common development - collaboration
* Agreement with Land UA and implementation partners
* Decision about future promotion tools
Increase own initiative of the Region

Realization

A "framework agreement" stipulated together by the 17 towns with 12 fields of action was drafted. Alongside higher objectives, concrete actions and projects were defined for each field of action, that must be implemented by the towns in the near future in a sustainable way.
A landscape framework plan establishes the connection between actions and space, and supports the towns in their implementation.
The framework agreement was drafted by including all the people and institutions (towns, stakeholders, authorities, NGOs, etc.) important for the implementation.

In the long-term, sustainable implementation facilities must be established, with approprite funds, organisation and controls (possibly through Leader++).
The following fields of action were defined:

PEOPLE, TRADITION, CULTURE
TOURISM
REGIONAL COLLABORATION
SETTLEMENT DEVELOPMENT
CULTURE LANDSCAPE
TRAFFIC

NATIONAL PARK VALLEYS
EXTRACTION OF RAW MATERIALS
WATER
ECONOMY
WOOD-WILD / PASTURES
AWARENESS-RAISING FIELD OF ACTION

Impact

The aim is reach the consensus of 17 towns in the National Park Region for a common development as National Park region and for the regional development strategy to build on it
Agreement on strategy with significant partners inside and outside the region and with higher levels
Documentation of the definition as National Park region based on criteria and objectives with respect to nature and cultural space and with reference to the space development
Increased regional identity and support of a mindset
"National park as opportunity for personal and regional development" (better acceptance of the National Park region)
Support of towns in their local and regional planning with respect to National Park region (landscape framework plan, visual space analysis …)

Location

Steinbach a. d. Steyr, Großraming, Molln, Reichraming, Weyer-Land, Rosenau am Hengstpaß, Roßleithen, Windischgarsten, St. Pankraz, Grünburg, Losenstein, Ternberg, Laussa, St. Ulrich bei Steyr, Weyer-Markt, Gaflenz, Maria Neustift

Involved

* 17 municipalities of the Limestone Alps National Park Region
* Steyr Kirchdorf Regional Forum
* Limestone Alps National Park
* Departments for Nature Conservation and Regional Planning at the Office of Upper Austria
* Provincial government

Financing

* European Union - INTERREG 3B funding
* Federal Province of Upper Austria. - Land funds though the Departments for Regional Planning and Nature Conservation
* Region's own funds

Contact person

LAG Nationalpark Kalkalpen Region
Felix Fössleitner
Pfarrhofstraße 1
4596 Steinbach/Steyr / AT
Phone number: +43 (0)7257 - 20593
Fax: +43 (0)7257 - 20593-14
E-mail: felix.foessleitner@leader-kalkalpen.at
Website: http://www.leader-kalkalpen.at