Community-led nature conservation in Austria

Austria`s western Vorarlberg region used EAFRD funding to develop a support network to help its communities protect local wildlife and natural habitats. 

Project summary: 

Austria`s western Vorarlberg region created a programme to help its municipalities and communities protect local wildlife, habitats and landscapes.

The project also aimed to improve the quality of life of inhabitants and develop an educational network.

Participating municipalities developed nature protection plans in conjunction with experts, who accompanied them throughout the planning process. Measures included planting flowers on roadsides, restoration of village streams, the creation of recreation areas and parks, flowering meadows and natural construction projects. Networking and educational events were also organised to exchange experiences.   

Project results: 

30 ‘biodiversity communities’ were developed to protect natural areas and the number of municipalities involved is increasing.

Participating communities have met regularly, while festivals and special events have offered platforms for exchanges.

From 2009 to 2013, 36 educational events, 97 biodiversity excursions and 6 courses were held, attended by over 3 000 participants.