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Geoparks in Austria

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:

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