International Convention of Nature Park Mayors
1st International Convention of Nature Park Mayors
On the 3rd of October the Nature Park Raab-Örség-Goričko and the Association of Austrian Nature Parks organized the “1st International Convention of Nature Park Mayors” in Mühlgraben.
Speakers from the Austrian and Hungarian Nature Parks presented projects from their regions and illustrated the profit a community gains from the partnership with a Nature Park. Experiences and informations from the mayors were exchanged and remarkable stories of success from the Nature Parks were presented.
Mayor Johann Weiglhofer (Nature Park Pöllauer Tal) talked about the profit the community Pöllauberg gains from the Nature Park. Vice-Mayor Béla Básty from the Nature Park Irottkö in Hungary informed the participants about the experiences in his country. DI Thomas Böhm (ARGE Naturparke, Burgenland) presented a study about the effects on the regional economy, which were elevated in the year 2008. Vice-president and Mayor Johann Thauerböck (Nature Park Mühlviertel) reported about the interaction of Nature Parks and regional development.
In the afternoon an ORF-production about the Nature Park Raab-Örség-Goričko was presented. At the end of the day the participants met in the fruit-paradise in Neuhaus/Klausenbach for a “Kesselgulasch”, an Austrian-Hungarian speciality.
Vice-Mayor Béla Básthy (Community Köszeg / Nature Park Irottkö, Hungary), Mayor Johann Weiglhofer (Community Pöllauberg / Nature Park Pöllauer Tal), Mayor Ing. Reinhard Knaus (Community Mühlgraben / Nature Park Raab-Örség-Goričko), Mayor Johann Thauerböck (Community Rechberg / Nature Park Mühlviertel), DI Thomas Böhm (ARGE Naturparke, Burgenland)
|Vize-Bgm. Béla Básthy
Naturpark Irottkö, Ungarn
|Naturparkerfahrungen in Ungarn|
|DI Thomas Böhm ARGE Naturparke, Burgenland||Regionalwirtschaftliche Effekte der Bgld. Naturparke|
|Bgm. Johann Thauerböck Naturpark Mühlviertel, Oberösterreich||Naturpark und Regionalentwicklung|
|Bgm. Johann Weiglhofer Naturpark Pöllauer Tal, Steiermark||Nutzen des Naturparks für die Region und die Gemeinde Pöllauberg|
*) On the German homepage the presentations of the referees can be downloaded.
The Association of Austrian Nature Parks thanks all participants and is looking forward to future collaborations.