"Nature conservation" means caring for the permanent preservation of nature as the basis of life for humans, animals and plants, for the protection of special parts of nature from adverse modification, destruction or extinction, and for the adaptation of vital, economic and social development to the existing, irreproducible, natural resources - and this is all done in the public interest. (Definition of nature conservation by all Austrian states).
Some definitions and key statements
Nature conservation aims to preserve the riches and beauty of local nature.
(Konrad Günther, natural scientist - 1910)
Nature conservation is not a matter of the calculating mind, but can only be understood by the heart and soul.
(Heinrich Wilkens, lawyer - 1939)
Nature conservation (is one) element of environmental protection.
(Harald Plachter, ecologist - 1990)
We understand nature conservation to mean the protection of species, biotopes and landscapes.
(Uta Eser, biologist - 1998)
Protecting nature also means protecting health.
(Franz August Emde, forest manager and journalist - 2003)
Nature conservation is not a luxury, but a future-oriented task.
(Horst Köhler, former President of Germany (1943) - 2006)
Enforcement of the provisions of nature conservation law (Styrian Nature Conservation Act, Off-Road Vehicles Act, Natural Cave Act, National Park Act, Act on Mountain and Nature Conservation Bodies, Tree Protection Act)
Technical nature protection matters (expert services, funding, contractual nature conservation, international nature conservation matters)
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Protected areas in Styria (landscape protection areas, nature protection areas, European nature reserves) are areas that
- stand out with particular scenic beauty,
- boast rare characteristics of cultivated land (type of use and buildings), or
- are worthy of preservation because of their largely intact nature and their special flora and fauna.
When it joined the European Union, Austria also committed itself to the application and implementation of numerous EU laws and directives. The Council Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (92/43/EEC), the Habitats Directive for short, and its annexes govern many aspects of nature protection in the European Union.
Department 13 Environment and Regional Planning is in charge of animal welfare in legal and economic matters. It is responsible for the enforcement of legal animal protection and the administration of funding.
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