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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-12-01 - 2021-11-30

In many countries, women's forestry networks have been formed to make institutions more gender equitable and to further develop their structures. The motivations, goals, activities and forms of these networks differ depending on the framework conditions and the specific challenges in the countries. These networks not only support women in the industry (such as forest owners) but are also suitable for promoting the discussion of traditional gender images in the sector and thus supporting an adjustment of the sector to social changes. The study is intended to support the Austrian women's network in its function and identify any necessary political measures. The results are to flow into the program of the planned forest women conference “Forest in women's hands” and become part of the country report of the IUFRO task force “Gender and forestry”.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-12-01 - 2022-11-30

PeatGov-Austria aims to evaluate alternative options for peatland management in Austria, to assess their potential for emission reduction and to identify the most effective governance approaches and policies to support a transformation towards climate-smart agriculture on peatlands. The project applies an interdisciplinary approach integrating agricultural economics, geoecology, and political science. Empirical results will be derived from 2-3 selected local case studies. Relevant stakeholders will be involved through transdisciplinary stakeholder workshops.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-04-15 - 2020-11-14

The ÖWAD indicator set which is part of the Austrian Forest Programme is a "living document" that is regularly updated. During the last revision which took place from 2016 to 2017, one indicator was deleted and 3 new indicators (5.5, 7.5, 7.6) were added to the set. In addition, data were updated, targets or thresholds were adapted by the indicator working group and indicative evaluations were formulated. The key indicator fact sheets have also been updated. The ÖWAD indicator set was adopted at the 18th Forest Forum on May 16, 2017. Since a BOKU study on non-wood products and services and the recently published current results of the Austrian Forest Inventory 2016-2021 provide new and additional forest data for Austria, it is advisable to update the indicator report in order to present it at the next Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe in Bratislava / Slovakia. This conference was originally planned for October 2020, but has now been postponed to April 2021 due to COVID. The planned work includes updating the data of all indicators through inquiries to various data providers and own research, as well as an indicative sustainability assessment of each individual indicator.

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