A Geopark does not have a distinct degree of protection incorporated in the law, but it hold a title for areas with a particularly rich geological heritage and a strategy for sustainable regional development. A Geopark does not have to focus on its geological potential exclusively, it can also integrate sites of archaeological, ecological and cultural importance creating a link between them via a network.
European and Austrian Geoparks aim to achieve the following goals:
- Raising environmental awareness among the public focusing on geotopics related to a specific area.
- Creating added value on a regional basis by offering sustainable geotourism activities
- Supporting and promoting academic research in the park.
For further information, please go to umweltbundesamt.at.
Austria has two more Geoparks besides the Styrian Eisenwurzen: