Successful Revalidation

The project Revalidation and Upgrade of Geological Information in the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark was financed by the Geopark funding of the National Committee "Geo/Hydro Sciences". The project was completed in 2023 and the specified objectives were achieved: securing UNESCO Global Geopark status for a further 4 years, producing a brochure "Geotopes in the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark" and the "Soils in the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark" with extensive information for use as educational material. Thanks are due to the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the National Committee Geo/Hydro Sciences.

Successful Revalidation of the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark

Danube Transnational Program

The Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark participates as an "Associated Strategic Partner" in the "Danube Transnational Program". The aim of this project is to capitalize on the unique geoscientific value of the UNESCO Geoparks located in the Danube catchment area through sustainable tourism development. Particular emphasis is placed on the involvement of the local population, a so-called "bottom-up approach", especially in the geoproduct strategy (GeoFood).

ESS-Movemont Projekt

ESS-program "Moving mountains - landslides as geosystem services in Austrian Geoparks". Where are the mass movement areas in the Geopark? What are the unmistakable characteristics of an active or fossil mass movement area? An environmental education program with the title: "Mountain hazards in times of climate change" is to be developed in cooperation with the University of Salzburg and the ZAMG (Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics). Mudslides, rockfall and landslides are considered a permanent risk potential in the Geopark. Project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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Austrian Geopark Strategies

Preparation of the Austrian Geopark Strategy: The three Austrian UNESCO Global Geoparks Steirische Eisenwurzen, Karawanken and Erz der Alpen are in the process of drafting the Austrian Geopark Strategy 2021-2030. Together with the Austrian UNESCO Commission (ÖUK) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), a strategy paper is being developed that is intended for submission to the federal and state governments and clearly defines the position of Geoparks in Austria. Work on this should be completed by fall 2021 at the latest. Photo from left to right: Horst Ibetsberger, Gerald Hartmann, Oliver Gulas, Heinz Kollmann.

Relaunch of the Ore Trail with the Information Boards and Geosites 

A LEADER project is currently in the application phase, which aims to update the Ore Trail and valorize the Geosites. In addition to the Geopark municipalities and tourism associations, the University of Salzburg - Department of Geography and Geology - is also expected to make a significant contribution. The project is to be implemented in 2021/22.

Extension of the cooperation agreements with the Geopark partners Inselsberg - 3 Gleichen in Thuringia and Porphyrland in Saxony.

The joint workshop in Bischofshofen to draw up a medium-term strategy paper was scheduled to take place in June 2020. Due to the coronavirus, this was postponed to June 2021 and is now scheduled to take place in September 2021. We would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our partner Geopark in Thuringia on achieving the goal of becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark!

Climate Action Day Bischofshofen Visitor Center 2019/2020... Climate protection is environmental protection

The project focuses on the awareness and education aspect with the establishment of the Erz der Alpen UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Center as an up-to-date climate platform for the younger generation. Installations and interactive stations are designed to raise awareness and encourage a rethink in terms of climate protection and environmental protection. Indoors, the climate scenario is presented in a way that is suitable for pupils. Outdoors, there are six stations with topics such as biodiversity, neophytes, protective forests, bees, soil sealing and climate change adaptation.
In 2020, the campaign was continued in several schools before the COVID lockdowns.

Picture Copyright © Horst Ibetsberger

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