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  Austria

LA 21 initiatives

Local/regional Agenda 21 in Austria:

In the year 1998, the first Local Agenda 21 processes (pilot-processes) started in Austria. Currently, more than 450 processes at local level and almost 50 at regional level (regions, districts) can be found. Processes at regional level cover political districts as well as tourist regions or aggregations of communities. A constantly increasing number of processes in Austria can be observed. The number of LA21 processes is measured periodically by the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism. Local Agenda 21 was  strongly linked to the NSDS (2002) and the ÖSTRAT (2009/2010).

All federal ministries were tasked with the coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda by a decision of the Council of Ministers of 12 January 2016. In its progress report on implementing the SDGs the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism mentioned the „Local Agenda 21“ as one of important activities with overlapping function.Organisation at regional level (9 Austrian regions):

Each of the 9 regions has its own co-ordinating office providing quality management, evaluation, training of moderators, subsidies in processes and projects, communication etc.

To provide best possible support, a working-group on Local Agenda 21, the “DNS-LA21”, has been established by the “Regional SD Coordinators of Austria” in 2003. A board of representatives of the 9 Austrian regions and oft he Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism developed the “Joint Declaration on Local Agenda 21 in Austria”, which was politically adopted by the “Conference of the Environmental Spokespersons of the Federal Provinces” on 9th October 2003, which was renewed in 2010. According to this declaration, a work program was implemented and is being further developed. Tasks of the board „DNS-LA21“:

  • Implementing the tasks of the “Joint Declaration on Local Agenda 21 in Austria” in a view of a “Good Governance Model” for Austrian local authorities
  • Bilateral cooperation between the individual regions
  • Coordination of common topics and public relation by the federal ministry
  • Coordination and organisation of the periodically held Austrian Summit on Local Agenda 21 ; 8th Summit (Salzburg, 2017)Quality management; developing methods for a long-term stabilization of processes
  • Political and institutional lobbying

Which criteria have to be fulfilled to declare a process a “Local Agenda 21”?

To ensure high quality of processes, a set of five criteria was elaborated by a working group

Of the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism

together with the heads of the co-ordinating offices of the 9 Austrian regions. These criteria at the same time build up the basis for the uptake of municipalities or regions into the register of Austrian Local Agenda 21 processes.

  • Political decision at local level – has to be fulfilled
  • Participation of local civil society – has to be fulfilled
  • Mission statement for Sustainable Development – has to be fulfilled
  • Co-ordinated learning process (targeted goals, measures, projects – scheduled level
  • Cross-community exchange and networking – scheduled level 

Subsidies and support from national and/or regional level

Local Agenda processes are usually supported directly by the co-ordinating office responsible for the respective region. Subsidies are provided for keeping high quality standards, training of moderators and citizens, pilot projects, public relation (events, materials, web pages), networks etc.

The Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism provides support for co-ordinating common topics, public relation and for the recurring “Austrian Summit on Local Agenda 21”. An internet platform for LA 21 (www.nachhaltigkeit.at/la21) provided by the Federal Ministry provides the most important information about LA 21, news, a list of co-ordinating offices as well as a register and regularly presents a representative Austrian LA 21-process to the public.

 

Within the national research programme “proVision” of the “Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research”, Local Agenda was included as an explicit topic, which triggered funding of several research activities over the last years.

Local Agenda 21 also receives subsidies by “The Austrian Programme for Rural Development 2014-2020”, Local Agenda was included as an explicit topic, which triggered funding of several research activities over the last years.

 

Contact details:

For further details please visit our website for Local Agenda 21 at www.nachhaltigkeit.at

 

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This Country Profile has been last updated on:  04 April 2018

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This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 09 April 2018

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