|Protected Areas in Austria
Nature parks aim at protecting an extraordinary variety of uncontaminated landscapes and of areas characterized by important cultural highlights, which are also open to the public.
In Austria there are 37 nature parks, covering about 305,000 hectares, which are mainly distributed in Lower Austria, Styria and Burgenland. The number of areas which are going to become "nature parks" is constantly increasing.
National parks play a very important role in the Austrian environmental policy. The meaning and the activity of these parks go beyond national borders and are recognized at an international level: today only six among the most beautiful regions, from an ecological and an aesthetic point of view, have been turned into national parks.
Unesco Biosphere Reserves in Austria
- Gossenköllesee (1977) Tirol
- Gurgler Kamm (1977) Tirol
- Lobau (1977) Vienna
- Neusiedler See (1977) Burgenland
- Grosses Walsertal (2000) Voralberg
Sources: Österreichische Naturparke, UNESCO-Biosphärenreservate in Österreich, Nationalparks in Österreich