Welcome to the world of Protective Forests in Austria!
Forests have multiple functions in Austria, the most important one is especially on steep slopes in the mountains the protection against natural hazards! The protective forest prevents erosion and can minimize or completely prevent many risks. Without this highly valuable "green" infrastructure the permanent settlement and use of many economic and cultural areas would not be possible in many regions.
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Map of potential protective forests in Austria
The map of potential protective forests in Austria is publicly accessible via a web GIS application. The map is based on different scientific models that link different natural hazards, such as rockfall, avalanches or landslides, to the forest area.There are different categories to be selected.more
Facts and Figures
With mountain areas accounting for two thirds of its national territory, Austria is among the most mountainous countries of Europe. In the alpine landscape protective forests play a significant role as a safeguard for human living and settlement areas. Monitoring, facts and figures describing the condition of forests and their protective function are particularly important for useful and targeted measures.more
Action programme "Forests protect us!"
The action programme " Forests Protect Us" was launched on May 22, 2019 by the federal government and includes many milestones and actions for a sustainable Protective Forest in Austria.© BMLRTdownload
Protective Forest Hub
Many people, institutions and stakeholders work in and with protective forests. The Protective Forest Hub is a central contact point for skilled workers, forest owners, administration, students, science, and interested persons. The focus is on knowledge transfer, training and further training and on pooling of information and competences.more
Guiding Principles of the Austrian Protective Forest Policy© BMLRT/Starsichdownload