The Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark participates as “Associated Strategic Partner” in the Danube Transnational Program. This project aims at enhancing the unique geoscientific value of the UNESCO Geoparks located in the Danube catchment area through sustainable tourism development. Special emphasis is put on the involvement of the local population, a so-called “bottom up approach”, especially in the geoproduct strategy (GeoFood).

ESS-program “Moving mountains – landslides as geosystem services in Austrian geoparks”. Where are the areas of mass movements in the Geopark. What are the unmistakable signs for an active or a fossil mass-movement area? An environmental-educational program should be developed together with the University of Salzburg and the ZAMG (Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics) concerning “Hazards in the times of climate change”. Mudflows, rockfalls and slides are a permanent risk potential in the whole Geopark area. Project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Development of the Austrian Geopark strategy: The three Austrian UNESCO Global Geoparks – Steirische Eisenwurzen, Karawanken and “Ore of the Alps” – are in the process of drawing up the Austrian Geopark Strategy 2021-2030. Together with the Austrian UNESCO Commission (ÖUK) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) a strategy paper is under development that is intended as a template for action on the federal and provincial level, and which clearly defines the positioning of the Geoparks in Austria. The work on this is intended to be completed by autumn 2021. Photo from left to right: Horst Ibetsberger, Gerald Hartmann, Oliver Gulas, Heinz Kollmann.


Relaunch of the Copper Ore Path and production of info boards for the geo-sites: The application phase for a LEADER Project is currently underway, the goal of which is to update the Copper Ore Path and elevate the status of the geo-sites. In addition to the Geopark communities and tourist offices, the expectation is that Salzburg University – specifically, the Department for Geography and Geology – will make a significant contribution. Provisional project implementation: 2021/22.

Extension of cooperative agreements with Geopark partners Inselsberg – 3 Gleichen in Thuringia and Porphyrland in Saxony. A joint workshop in Bischofshofen in order to put out a mid-term strategy paper was originally supposed to be held in June 2020. Due to Corona, however, it was initially postponed until June 2021 and will now take place in September 2021. Wewould also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our partner Geopark in Thuringia for having now met the requirements to become a                                                                           UNESCO Global Geopark!

Climate Action Day 2019/2020 at Bischofshofen Visitor Center … climate protection equals environmental protection

The focus of this project was to clarify and educate the general public about the establishment of the Ore of the Alps UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Center as a modern climate platform for the young generation. Installations and interactive stations aim to illuminate concrete impetuses for climate protection and environmental protection. Indoors, the climate scenario has been presented in eye-catching ways intended to appeal to school children. Meanwhile, six information stations are located outdoors, on themes that include Biodiversity, Neophytes, Barrier Forests, Bees, Soil      Sealing. In 2020, prior to the interruption caused by Corona, the campaign was carried forward at several schools.