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A central aspect of the CLIP-OST research project is the question how strategies and measures for "climate proofing" can be strategically and operationally established in spatial and landscape planning in Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna. Through actors-based reasearch in the three Federal state and with support of the PGO tiering between the various planning levels and consideration of climate proofing across federal state borders will be discussed. CLIP-OST focuses on precautionary planning, which also promotes multifunctional land use and, as far as possible, also generates "co-benefits" for climate change mitigation and attempts avoids lock-in effects. Moreover, the project will examine options to enchance considerationo of cross-sectoral aspects of climate proofing and related conflicts of interest due to scarcity of resources (water shortage, increasing soil/land consumption) at the various levels of spatial and lanscape planning.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-04-01 - 2022-09-30

Tourism development is often seen as an economic driver for many rural regions. This dissertation will examine developments in Austria and the Danube area (from Southern Germany across Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, throughout the Balkans all the way to the Black Sea) on circumstances and challenges in regional development that concentrate on tourism. Current issues in tourism development serve as a starting point to examine how sustainable development is being implemented in rural areas. Investigating these aspects through planning methodological approaches will give insight into the weaknesses of developments which are hindering long-term sustainability goals. Special attention will be paid to policies, the use of guidelines and manuals for improved stakeholder involvement, stakeholders’ understanding of sustainability and the integration of sustainability criteria into participative planning processes. a clear list of indicators that are relevant for sustainable rural tourism and easy to use for local stakeholders is to be established.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-10-01 - 2021-03-31

Green environments can affect human health. While many studies have revealed positive effects of green environment on human health compared to built environments, little is known about the health effects of different types of green on humans. Such information is necessary for the development of health specific offers such a health trails. The community of Geras, located in the district of Horn, is characterised by the nature park, fields, forests and ponds. A local actor group is working on a further regional implementation of the topic forests and health. One example could be the development of health trails within the nature park. To test the impact of trails in different park environments on human health, probands will walk the trails while measuring health impacts (physiological, mental). The aim is to identify those trails, which provide the best health benefits.

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